What People Say and What They Really Mean – The Importance of Context

October 2023
Region: Europe

The recent Court of Appeal judgment in Blake & ors v. Fox [2023] EWCA Civ 1000 highlights the importance of context when considering the meaning of a defamatory statement.

The case itself concerns an exchange on social media between a number of celebrities, but the judgment contains a number of reminders of issues that can and do arise in a wide range of scenarios, be that the importance of explaining why you have said something, that what you consider to be opinion may be interpreted by others as a statement of fact, or that the obvious meaning is not always the intended meaning.