Managing defamation minefields in the boardroom, social media and disputes


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Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).

In the past, a defamatory article in a newspaper might have been quickly forgotten and accessible only to those who noticed it the day it was published, or who spent hours trawling through dusty archives. The 21st century has, however, brought with it the internet and social media, placing global publishing power into the hands of individuals. With it comes the risk of a significant awards of damage for defamation caused by electronic publications that are now open to the world, which suffer from the grapevine effect and will have a digital life of their own.

Defamation plaintiffs today look at Facebook, Twitter (tweets of 140 character or fewer can prove very costly!), bulletin boards, intranets, websites and other forms of social/electronic media, including SMS, in addition to the traditional sources such as television, radio, newspapers, meeting minutes, emails letters and oral statements made during meetings or interviews (even when you think you're making them in confidence).

Businesses and government must proactively and defensively address the potential threat of defamation by their employees and representatives.

This workshop will explore the law of defamation, how and when you may become liable, what defences may be available to you and strategies to avoid making defamatory statements.

Who should attend our Liability in Defamation workshop?

Anyone who has the risk of being exposed to defamation, in particular those on company boards or working at universities.

What we'll cover
  • What is defamation? How can it be more than simple words?
  • How it can arise in the boardroom, workplace and universities
  • Is it private or can it have employment ramifications?
  • Issues with identification
  • Examples of defamation using electronic and social media
  • The grapevine effect on damages
  • When are aggravated damages awarded?
  • Time limits for defamation actions
  • Concerns notices and apologies
  • What defences are available?
  • Case studies.
What you'll learn

You'll learn how to:

  • Red flag potential defamation risks
  • Reduce the risk of you and your organisation of being sued for defamation.
Event Details
19 August 2020
8.15am for 8.30am - 12.45pm
Cost: Inc GST
$698 per person
$628 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$593 per person if in a group of three or more
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, 71 Eagle Street
Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110

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As a participant of our program you'll have comfort in knowing that you can depend on us for ongoing support. Whether it be two weeks or two years after the workshop, you can call us at any time for a short, no-cost consultation.

Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. Please contact your Professional Body for your state.