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What hearing are you referring to please? Is it a hearing by the professional body?
The time limit for making a claim for defamation is actually governed by law, specifically the Limitation Act 1980. Under section 4A of that Act a claim for defamation must be brought within 1 year of the date on which the cause of action accrued.
In cases of libel this would be the date on which the statements were published. So technically you have to check when the defamatory statements were made to count the year from then and the time limit to make a claim would be at the end of that one year period.
Saying that, there is an option to extend this time limit, although that is entirely at the court’ discretion.
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There is some relevant case law to support the argument that the tie limit should be postponed in the event that the claimant did not know the defamatory statement had been published and only found out later. However, the circumstances of the delay would be considered and each case will be decided on its own merits. The relevant section in the Limitation Act 1980 allowing for such an extension is section 32A:
An interesting and useful article on the case of Bewry v Reed Elsevier can be found here:
I am afraid I cannot make the claim for you or make a submission on your behalf for an extension - we are simply a Q&A service - I can tell you the law and your legal position but I cannot actually work for you outside of this site unfortunately so any claims or applications will have to be made by you or by you engaging a solicitor in person
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