Sat 01 June | 4:00PM - 5:30PM | Your desk or on your portable device


Defamation law is a complex and rapidly developing area of law. It is essential, therefore, to give your clients the most up-to-date and strategic advice in respect of a potential defamation action from the very beginning through to issuing or defending a claim.

This seminar, looking at recent case law developments, will consider what factors practitioners need to consider at the early stages of a defamation claim, what is the best way forward and what to expect if the claim goes to court. 

Learning outcomes

  • Gain insights into the different options available to clients who have been defamed or are accused of defamation, including on social media.
  • Learn more about strategies and tactics to settle claims without going to court, the different forums in which to pursue an action, and what damages might be sought.
  • Understand better how to draft defamation claims and defences, the available defences including public interest and qualified privilege, as well as freedom of speech considerations.

Who should attend?

Pitched at general practitioners who may be asked to advise on defamation claims from time to time, it will also be a useful refresher for those who have regular dealings in this area.



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.