Defamation

The occurrence of defamation on the internet and elsewhere in business and society is a fast growing problem.  It adversely affects the image and reputation of both businesses and individuals, and there is an increasing need for both to seek legal protection.

What is Defamation?

“Defamation” is a term covering both libel and slander. Both concern the publication of defamatory material (something that adversely affects the reputation of an individual or a business).

The distinction between the two is that libel concerns “lasting” forms of publication such as print, online or broadcasting. Slander on the other hand involves more transient forms such as spoken words or gestures.

If you are seeking to have defamatory content removed from the internet, or are seeking compensation for harm caused to your business or personal reputation through libel or slander, it is recommended that you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

How rhw can help you

The Defamation Act 2013 consolidated some of the law in this area, but it remains complex.  Beyond establishing defamation, it is also necessary to identify the right party to take action against.

Owing to the surge in the amount of websites relying heavily on user-driven content in the form of posts, reviews, blogs and comments, this is not straightforward.

If you believe you or your business is a victim of defamation we can assist you getting the defamatory content removed, or, where appropriate, compensation for harm caused to your business or personal reputation. Likewise, we can also assist you in defending any defamation claim initiated against you.

There are strict time frames imposed by the Courts as to when defamation claims should be made. It is therefore recommended you seek legal advice at an early stage.

At rhw we have the expertise to help you.

Contact rhw’s Dispute Resolution Team. email guildford@rhw.co.uk or call us on 01483 302000

Meet the Dispute Resolution Team

Daniel Crate

Daniel Crate

Associate Solicitor
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Stephen Bottomley

Stephen Bottomley

Associate Solicitor
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Niamh Cheek

Niamh Cheek

Legal Secretary
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Alice Ryder

Alice Ryder

Solicitor
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Dispute Resolution News

The occurrence of defamation on the internet and elsewhere in business and society is a fast growing problem.  It adversely affects the image and reputation of both businesses and individuals, and there is an increasing need for both to seek legal protection.