Libel and slander – Defamatory statement. The Queen's Bench Division made findings in respect of two preliminary issues, first to determine the actual defamatory meaning of the words complained in emails send by the defendant recruitment agency in respect of the claimant to secondly determine, pursuant to s 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013, whether the publications of the words complained of had caused or was likely to cause serious harm to the claimant's reputation.