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Solicitors in Manchester and London with expert knowledge in Defamation

If you are a victim of defamation you will need expert advice. Our defamation solicitors can help you defend against a claim of defamation.

With the rise of social media, it is now easier than ever to not only become a victim of defamation but also cause defamation.

Defamation is covered by the Defamation Act 2013 and is a false statement published to a third party with the intent of causing serious harm to an individual’s reputation.

In order for a claim to be successful, it must have damaged your reputation. Merely insulting vulgar or offensive statements on their own are not actionable without reputational damage.

Individuals, companies and businesses are able to make claims for defamation, however unincorporated businesses and public bodies cannot.

Defences

There are various defences that may be relied upon such as truth, honest opinion, public interest, privilege and consent. Not all of the defences are absolute – some can be overcome by proving malice, i.e.. that the defendant intended to cause damage to the claimant’s reputation.

Contact our Defamation Solicitors

If you would like to enquire for any of our defamation services please complete our online contact form here or send an email to us at [email protected] and one of our solicitors shall call you back. Alternatively, please call our defamation solicitors on 0330 127 8888 for a no obligation discussion.

We have defamation solicitors based in our Manchester and London offices.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Defamation can come in different forms: libel and slander. The difference between the two is how the defamation is communicated to others. Libel is defamation in permanent form where it is either written or published. Whereas slander is defamation in temporary form that covers spoken words. 

You can receive compensation for financial losses or damages if you have brought a successful defamation claim to court or if the individual or business spreading the defamatory statement agrees to pay you compensation. How much compensation you receive will depend on the seriousness of the allegation, the financial loss or damage that has been caused, and the impact it has had on your reputation. 

If a statement is untrue, upsetting, or insulting, this does not render it to be defamation. A defamation must be a false statement that has caused, or likely to cause, serious harm to your reputation in terms of financial loss. However, anyone can make defamatory comments so the burden is on you to prove that the defamatory statement was spread with a malicious intention.

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