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No matter what the nature of your defamation claim is, our Defamation, Libel & Slander Solicitors can help you. Call Slater and Gordon Lawyers 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9081 or contact us online.
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.
A recent high profile Libel case that our Libel Lawyers won was for Peter Cruddas, the former Treasurer of the Conservative Party. In his libel claim vs. The Sunday Times, Slater and Gordon Lawyers won the case and achieved £180,000 in damages, including £15,000 for aggravated damages; plus his legal costs. Read the full story about this Libel case here.
There are two types of Defamation Claims: Libel & Slander.
The term Libel covers 'permanent' publications such as written allegations, allegations broadcast on TV or Radio, or allegations posted online.
Slander covers spoken words and/or gestures.
In Defamation, Libel and Slander claims for damages you only have one year from the date of the publication to bring a claim for damages, unless a Court accepts there were exceptional reasons for not claiming damages.
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 damages 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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