Libel and slander – Slander actionable per se. The claimant succeeded in his slander claim against the defendant, with respect to her statement that he had threatened to slit her throat, made during a meeting of about 90 people, as the defendant had not proved that the claimant had made a threat to kill her. Accordingly, the Queen's Bench Division, having held that the proceedings were not an abuse of process, found that the appropriate and proportionate sum to award in damages was £35,000.