Defamation

Our litigation solicitors are experts in cases of defamation and malicious falsehood against businesses and individuals, including statements made online.

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Defamation

Experienced business and personal defamation lawyers

A hard-earned business or personal reputation can be destroyed if others write or say false things about you, but prompt legal action can limit or prevent lasting damage.

Our specialists are experts in taking action in cases of defamation and malicious falsehood, including statements made online.

If you fear someone is going to publish false information about you or your business, we can guide you through a range of options to prevent it, such as issuing pre-publication guidance or pursuing an injunction in the courts.

Where a statement has already been published, either in writing or verbally, your options for redress are time-limited and urgent advice should be sought to protect your rights.

We will work closely with you to understand and plan the best course of action in circumstances where a potentially defamatory statement has been made. For instance, for the statement to be removed, clarified or retracted as soon as possible.

Our defamation lawyers are exceptionally experienced in this area of law, and we will thoroughly discuss the options in your specific case and your likely chances of success if the case goes to court.

Pursuing or defending defamation claims through the courts can be expensive, so together we can consider a range of alternative means to resolve these disputes.

If you are anxious about a potential or actual defamatory statement concerning you or your business, or if someone is claiming that you have defamed them, call our team as soon as possible. We have offices in St Albans, Harpenden and Luton.


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FAQs

Frequently asked questions

What is defamation?

Defamation is a false statement that harms someone’s reputation. It can be in the form of libel (written) or slander (spoken).

What is required to prove defamation?

To prove defamation, the claimant must show that the statement is false, that it was communicated to a third party and that it caused harm to their reputation. In the context of a company, this requires the company to show that it has suffered (or is likely to suffer) serious financial loss.

What can a court award in a defamation case?

A court can order a publisher to not publish a defamatory statement, or to remove any existing defamatory statement that has already been published. A court can also award a claimant damages, the amount of which will depend upon how serious the allegation is and what harm was caused. You may be able to persuade the defendant to publish an apology, but if not, a Judgment in your favour that can operate as vindication.

Who can be sued for defamation?

Anyone who makes a false statement that harms someone’s reputation can be sued for defamation, including individuals, companies, and media outlets.

What are the defences to defamation?

Common defences to defamation include truth, honest opinion, privilege, and publication on a matter of public interest.

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