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Defamation

Defamation is the publication of a statement that contains an untrue allegation against an individual or business that adversely impacts their reputation in the eyes of the general public. The meaning of the words used will establish whether or not the law has been breached. 

Can I sue for defamation if falsely accused of a crime?


Where a person is accused of a criminal offence, the effect on their reputation can be devastating and far-reaching, even where the allegation is untrue. It can affect a person’s personal and professional life, damaging relationships...

Common Questions on Defamation Claims


Protecting your reputation or that of your business is always a top priority since this is one of your most important asset. Where a defamatory statement is made about you, either verbally, online or in published materials, it is understandable that you will have various...

What is defamation?


The law surrounding defamation is a very important tool in protecting businesses’ and individuals’ reputations. The explosion in the use of social media means that everyone is at risk of a defamatory statement being made publically available to a wide audience....

Defamation in the workplace 


Defamation in the workplace is a serious issue that can affect both individual employees or the company itself. It can impact a person’s career prospects or damage their reputation. Defamatory statements made by employees (including those that have left the company) can...

Defences to a defamation claim


The Defamation Act 2013 allows a party to bring a claim in relation to a defamatory statement, which is a published untrue statement that refers to a person and is harmful or likely to be harmful to the reputation of that person. There are several possible defences to a claim...

Making a defamation claim when not resident in the UK


The UK famously used to be the jurisdiction of choice for defamation cases and earned the reputation of being the world’s “libel tourism” capital, allowing defamation to be heard here even where there was a tenuous link. This was addressed under the...

Do I have to go to court to resolve my defamation claim?


It is not always necessary for a defamation claim to be settled via the courts. In fact, parties are actively encouraged to consider alternative forms of dispute resolute to resolve the case rather than automatically using litigation. The law in this area was updated in...

What is a Letter of Claim?


In relation to defamation claims, under the Pre-Action Protocol for Media and Communications Claims that was brought into force in October 2019, parties are encouraged to exchange information at any early stage in proceedings to try and assist in resolving the issues without...

Can I sue a company for defamation?


Defamation is an umbrella term, covering both libel (which is in a lasting form, such in print or online) and slander (which is more transient, such as spoken words). Both of these actions cover the publication of material that is defamatory and that will adversely affect the...

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