Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word: The Future Of The “Offer To Make Amends” In Defamation Law

A High Court jury has become the first to assess damages in a case where defamation was admitted and an apology given, under the “offer to make amends” procedure, following a landmark Supreme Court decision last year.  While it was intended to encourage parties to settle their disputes quickly and in a cost-effective manner, the potential for a jury assessment of damages continues to discourage defendants from utilising the procedure: but is reform on the way?