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The Defamation Act 2013: What exactly is ‘a body that trades for profit’?

Acheson, David J (2015) The Defamation Act 2013: What exactly is ‘a body that trades for profit’? Communications Law, 20 (4). pp. 113-119. ISSN 1746-7616. (KAR id:57541)


Clarifies the phrase ‘body that trades for profit’, and predicts how the courts are likely to interpret it. The article considers four particular types of non-human claimant, namely charities, housing associations, trade associations, and holding corporations. There remains some confusion over the likely implications of Parliament’s use in the Act of the phrase ‘a body that trades for profit’. There are several persuasive authorities from areas of law other than defamation suggesting that the courts should interpret the phrase ‘a body that trades for profit’ to mean 'a body that trades for the purpose of making profit for distribution to its members'.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Defamation, libel, slander, financial loss, profit, companies, corporations, charities
Subjects: K Law
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: David Acheson
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 15:50 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 10:45 UTC
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