Serious allegations are always likely to be capable of causing serious harm, particularly if publication targeted


Re: Al Sadik (aka Riad Tawfiq Mahmood Al Sadek Aka Riad Tawfik Sadik) v Sadik [2019] EWHC 2717 (QB)

Inter alia, allegations of a very serious nature are always likely to be at least capable of causing serious harm to reputation, particularly if targeted at persons who are significant to the claimant; the threshold in the Defamation Act 2013, s 1 is satisfied.

The claimant has a realistic case on jurisdiction because there is evidence that provides a realistic prospect of him showing that the defendant was domiciled in England and Wales at the relevant time. There is evidence of grapevine publication within this jurisdiction. This weighs heavily against striking out the claim on Jameel principles.