No matter what the nature of your defamation claim is, our Media, Libel & Privacy solicitors are able to help. This is a service we offer through our institutional clients.
Defamation is when someone says, writes, broadcasts or communicates in another way, something that makes people think badly of you or your business, damaging your reputation and feelings.
There are two types of defamation: libel and slander.
The term 'libel' covers 'permanent' publications such as written allegations, or allegations broadcast on the television or radio, or posted on a website.
This covers spoken words or gestures.
In both cases you only have one year from the date of the publication to bring a claim, unless the Court accepts there were exceptional reasons for not doing so.
A defamatory statement is one which:
• lowers you in the estimation of right-thinking members of society
• disparages you in your business, trade, office or profession
• exposes you to hatred, ridicule or contempt
• causes you to be shunned or avoided
The correct meaning to be attributed to a defamatory statement is often an important issue in a claim. The words complained of must be put in full context of the publication and the issues of any 'hidden' meanings, apparent only to those with certain knowledge, must also be considered.
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The Media, Libel and Privacy department was recommended in Chambers 2008 and it was commented that:
'This department is a "class act". The predominantly claimant firm thrives not only in the traditional area of defamation but also in breach of confidence, privacy, media handling and reputation management matters. Clients describe "a robust and realistic group of lawyers who provide practical, level-headed advice."