is this case still good law? mcmanus v beckham defamation tort Watch
McManus v Beckham - s.2 Defamation Act 1952 makes slander actionable per se where the words are calculated to disparage the claimant in his office, profession, calling, trade or business.
is this case still good law or not because theose provisions dont seem to be in the new act?
Section 1 of the 2013 act makes it clear that there needs to be serious harm suffered for a statement to be defamatory so it can't be actionable per se. The case is still relevant in terms of risk of repetition and foreseeability though.
It is not clear how high the bar is for serious harm yet, or what is expected.