Navigating Defamation Law: Strategies and Recent Developments (live stream)

Live Stream 1.5 CPD Hrs
Thu 21 November | 4:00PM - 5:30PM | Your desk or on your portable device


Defamation is a complex, growing and constantly-developing area of law, currently grappling with the rise of social media.

With social media giving anyone an unprecedented platform to share their views, the last five years have seen a significant increase in defamation claims – a trend that seems set to continue.

How do you ensure that defamation claims are dealt with quickly and efficiently? What strategies can you use to ensure a good outcome outside of, or in, court? What are the critical issues in defamation and what does the future look like? 

Using the latest New Zealand and overseas cases, this seminar will give you a comprehensive understanding of these and other key issues in defamation law. 

Learning outcomes

  • Discover the range of options for clients who have been defamed or are accused of defamation, including damages and the available defences.
  • Learn strategies and tactics to settle claims quickly.
  • Receive instruction on drafting defamation claims, defences and notices.
  • Gain insights into using court processes to advance your client’s position.  

Who should attend?

General practitioners, civil litigators and media law specialists.  

live stream registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend via live stream.

To register to attend in person click here.


Justin Graham
Chapman Tripp

Justin specialises in commercial litigation, intellectual property, privacy and technology, media and telecommunications, iwi governance issues, and insurance.

He is experienced at managing and resolving complex commercial litigation and disputes and frequently appears as counsel in civil proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, in international and domestic arbitrations, and specialist tribunals.

He has acted as counsel in numerous defamation proceedings, including a high-profile jury trial. He also regularly advises media on pre-publication, defamation, privacy, contempt and fair trading issues.

Tom Cleary
Senior Associate
Chapman Tripp

Tom is a commercial litigator experienced in advising and representing clients in complex disputes. He has particular expertise in media (defamation and privacy), intellectual property (copyright, trademarks and patents), trusts, contract and consumer protection law.

Tom has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and acted as counsel in several defamation cases. He regularly advises individuals, media organisations and government entities on defamation issues, including pre-publication vetting.