S v Newham London Borough Council: CA 24 Feb 1998

A Local Authority which was relaying the facts underlying a list of people it felt were unsuitable to work with children to the minister has no immunity from a defamation action.


Lord Woolf MR


Times 05-Mar-1998, Gazette 18-Mar-1998, [1998] 1 FLR 1061, [1998] EWCA Civ 339, [1998] EMLR 583




England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedW v Westminster City Council and Others QBD 9-Dec-2004
The claimant sought to bring an action for defamation based upon communications made in a child protection conference. The reference was in a Report for Conference to be held pursuant to the duties imposed on local authorities by the Children Act . .
CitedSeray-Wurie v The Charity Commission of England and Wales QBD 23-Apr-2008
The defendant sought an order to strike out the claimant’s allegations of defamation and other torts. The defendants claimed qualified privilege in that the statements complained of were contained in a report prepared by it in fulfilment of its . .
CitedSeray-Wurie v The Charity Commission of England and Wales CA 3-Feb-2009
The claimant appealed against the striking out of his claim for defamation in a reort prepared by the defendants criticising his actions as chairman of a CAB. The action had been struck out on the basis of qualified privilege, and the claimant’s . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.

Defamation, Local Government, Children

Updated: 20 May 2022; Ref: scu.88948