Defamation and the Cause of Action

Defamation and the cause of action: What is defamatory, and when has actionable defamation occured?

Join Parisa Hart, Barrister at Second Floor Selborne Chambers, for a comprehensive training session on Defamation Law and the Cause of Action. Learn what is considered defamatory material and when actionable defamation has occurred. Unravel the threshold issue of capacity to defame and how to determine defamatory meaning and imputations. Investigate the concept of 'serious harm' and the implications of defamation law. With Parisa's extensive experience in Defamation Law and a successful career working in a range of Courts and Tribunals, this is a training session not to be missed.


Parisa Hart- Barrister, Second Floor Selborne Chambers

Since being called to the bar in 2016, Parisa has been briefed in a vast area of law and has significant experience in Defamation Law and Criminal Law. Parisa has appeared in a range of Courts and Tribunals, including the Federal Court, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, NSW Supreme Court, AAT and the NSW District and Local Courts. She is an active member of the legal profession and is a member of the Young Lawyers Civil Litigation, Communications, Entertainment and Technology Law, Criminal Law and Family Law Committees.  Parisa is also on the External Junior Counsel Panel and has appeared as Junior Counsel for the CDPP on complex Commonwealth Prosecution matters. Parisa has written articles on legal topics which have been published in the BarNews Journal and the Australian Bar Review, and often appears on Benchmark’s BenchTV to discuss important legal issues and recent cases.


  • When: Wednesday 1 March 2023, 12-1pm
  • Where: ACT Law Society Training Room, Level 4, 1 Farrell Place Canberra
  • Cost (inc GST): $88 for members, $115 for non-members, $25 for student and CLC members
  • CPD: Members will earn 1 point in Core Area 4 (substantive law and procedural law)
  • Contact Casey for online options.
  • Registrations close Friday 24 February 2023

Event registration terms and conditions

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you have been to an active Covid-19 hotspot as listed by the ACT Government, are a close contact of an active case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

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Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'New Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means any member holding a student membership.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.




Member ticket $88.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member ticket $115.00(GST incl.) Register
Student/CLC member ticket $25.00(GST incl.) Register



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