For many individuals, their personal reputation and the reputation of their business is of the utmost importance.
If something were to happen which would cause damage to any of those reputations, there may be severe consequences. Defamation can be separated into two areas, slander, or libel.
For a statement to be libellous, it must be untrue. A defence of truth would defeat a defamation claim.
However, in a libel claim, the burden is on the defendant to provide evidence that what they have said is true. It is not the claimant’s responsibility to prove that what has been said about them is untrue.
Fictitious words or statements must be published to at least one-third party. If a false statement or words have been sent just to yourself then it would not be considered as libel.
However, if the untrue statements have been shared with a large number of people, the damage on your personal reputation or business reputation would typically be more severe and would likely result in you receiving a higher level of compensation.
Our team understands that the issues involved with reputation can be sensitive, which is why we will approach these matters with sensitivity.
We treat each case individually and will work with you in a proactive and supportive manner to offer practical and professional guidance during what can be a difficult time.
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Areas of Defamation
Our specialist solicitors offer a wide range of advice on areas of defamation including:
- Malicious falsehood
- Pre-publication advice
- Misuse of private information
- Media law
- Reputation management
Claiming for Libel
If you think you have a claim for libel, it is important that you start your claim off correctly by using the Defamation Pre-Action Protocol.
There are strict rules about where claims can be started, and only the High Court has jurisdiction to deal with defamation claims.
If you or your business have suffered because of a libellous statement, our team may be able to help you claim damages and seek an apology from the person who made the statement.
Our solicitors may also be able to secure:
- Agreement/injunctions preventing the repetition of allegations and false statements
- Legal costs
Malicious falsehood is a separate offence to defamation as it is not concerned with reputation and is usually made to protect economic interests.
It is more difficult to pursue a claim for malicious falsehood than for defamation.
A claimant must establish that they have suffered an actual loss that can be specified in monetary terms, as a direct result of the publication.
Unlike establishing a cause of action for defamation, it is not necessary to show that any statement complained of is defamatory.
Making a Claim
It is critical that if you feel you have been a victim of malicious falsehood or defamation that you seek legal advice from our team of solicitors straight away, as the limitation period for a malicious falsehood claim is the same as that of defamation, which is one year from publication.
Why Choose us
Using our wide range of legal knowledge and expertise, we have helped clients across all aspects of Defamation and Malicious Falsehood issues. Our approach is to be proactive and work with you to achieve your objectives and deliver successful outcomes as efficiently and promptly as possible.
We can clearly explain the range of legal options available and guide you towards the option which would be best suited for your specific circumstances.
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