Defamation occurs when an individual makes a false statement about another individual (or business) that harms their reputation. This can be either in written form (libel) or spoken (slander). It can take place in any context, in person (face-to-face) for example, at an event or the workplace. Or, it could be in print, broadcast, or online media, for example via newspapers, radio, websites, or social media.
When an individual has been defamed, their professional or personal reputation could be significantly impacted. In some cases, it may affect their mental health, their ability to find work and/or to carry out business.
Our team has extensive experience representing clients who have been defamed. We understand the importance of protecting our clients’ reputations, either their personal reputation or that of their business, and can advise them on their legal rights and options.
Defamatory online reviews
We have particular expertise in advising clients about the necessary action to take when they, or their businesses, are the subject of negative or defamatory online reviews.
We also assist clients to determine whether they have a strong defamation case and provide guidance on the best course of action. This may, for example, include seeking an apology or retraction from the publisher.
With each case, we take a sensible pragmatic approach, with court proceedings considered to be an absolute last resort.
Our focus is on supporting our clients throughout what can be an emotionally charged process, while always staying committed to finding a resolution that saves time and reduces costs.
Seeking legal advice?
To explore a potential defamation claim and to discuss your options, please contact Douglas Raftesath, Principal, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution.