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