Court reduces damages after assessment in defamation and harassment claim


Re: Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust & Ors v Shaikh (2014)

The Court was required to assess damages following a default judgment in a claim for defamation and harassment against the defendant.

With regard to the harassment, the Court found that the the damages fell within the highest of the three bands (Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [2002] EWCA Civ 1871 applied) due to the volume, persistence and viciousness of the activity by the defendant.

With regard to the defamation, the Court noted the importance of proportionality and reduced the level of damages for defamation because of the previous award of compensation for harassment.

Anthony Hudson was involved in this case.