Defamation

Defamation means that someone has published a statement about you or your company which damages your reputation or disparages you in your business, trade or profession. This could be allegations of dishonesty, insolvency, lack of integrity, criminality or similar.

We will initially try to solve a defamation dispute by negotiation or alternative dispute resolution, however we will take a firm stance where needed and protect your rights by applying for an injunction, or issuing proceedings for damages.

Defamers usually attack:

  • Character of an individual or group;
  • Business;
  • Product or service;
  • The Government;
  • Religion or belief; or
  • Countries.

Under UK law, in order for Defamation to be actionable or to be filed as a claim, the statement of harm must be proven to be a false statement and must have been directed towards more than one individual other than the person defamed. Defamation comes in two forms: slander and libel. Slander is often referred to as spoken defamation and libel is defamation in the form of written publications.

Depending on international jurisdictions, defamation is treated as a criminal offence instead of a civil wrong. This equates to criminal penalties handed out to defamers in certain countries. However, this is dependent on facts of the case.

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The claimant is required to prove that the defamatory statement refers to him or her, and the statement must be communicated to another person or persons.

We advise you to take action as soon as possible as a defamation claim must be brought within one year of the defamatory statement being published, after that time, any claim will be statute barred.

What do I do next?

Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated defamation specialists on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our bilingual speaking team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.

We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.

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