Email has become the modern tool for sending messages whether it is for personal or business use, you are constantly connected with everyone from around the world. It easy to forget that emails are not always kept private and confidential and you should be cautious when it comes to sending content. You should refrain from attacking people privately or stating things you would not say or do in person or over the phone. Defamatory emails can be forwarded to various sources either by mistake or on purpose creating a complicated matter from an unintentional consequence.
Defamation requires publication such as an email from a verified email account. This means when you are writing a defamatory statement about someone, you are authorising publication of that email. All emails thereafter are considered a new publication and any other person who forwards or shares that email may be implicated in any resulting cases.
Emails should be treated as any other channel of information and nothing should be written in an email you would not want to be shared publicly. What you may write as a joke, may be considered offensive to others. Emails can be forwarded and passed around very quickly so please think twice before presuming your content is confidential.
Deleting or retracting an email does not protect you from defamation as messages are stored on the server of the company and can be recalled from the archive by the IT department or IT specialist.
At Bloomsbury Law, we have a significant and wide experience of email defamation cases. We have a vast amount of experience and have helped many businesses who seek to claim damages from email defamation. Every case we are instructed on present a unique and complex issue in their own right. It is vital to seek professional and specialist advice due to the consequences of making wrong decisions in the early stages of a claim as your actions can have catastrophic legal consequences.
We understand email defamation can be a frustrating and stressful time, but please note it is of the upmost importance to contact our team of defamation specialists to receive expert advice.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated 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.