Reed Elsevier Uk Ltd (T/A Lexisnexis) and Another v Bewry: CA 30 Oct 2014

Appeal from a decision granting the claimant’s application made pursuant to section 32A of the Limitation Act 1980 to disapply the limitation period in his proceedings for libel and dismissing the defendants’ application to strike out the claimant’s claim under CPR rule 3.4(2).
Held: The defendant’s appeal succeeded.
The judge had incorrectly assessed the reasons for the delay. The requirement on a claimant to justify an extension of the limitation period was substantial, and the claimant had failed to discharge the burden.
As to the Jameel application, the appeal succeeded: ‘There are a miniscule number of publications, it cannot be said that the claim is brought to vindicate his reputation in respect of those publications, or that any vindication would inure if he did so. Damages would be minimal. The publications complained of have long since been taken down, and the defendants have made it clear they will not be republished. There is no threat therefore of any wider publication and there can be no question of any need for an injunction.’

Lewison, Macur, Sharp LJJ
[2014] EWCA Civ 1411, [2015] EMLR 6, [2014] WLR(D) 474, [2015] 1 WLR 2565
Bailii, WLRD
Limitation Act 1980 32A
England and Wales
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CitedHalford v Brooks CA 1991
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CitedBrady v Norman CA 9-Feb-2011
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Defamation, Limitation

Updated: 23 December 2021; Ref: scu.538192