Expert Defamation Lawyers protecting and defending your reputation

Our expert team of defamation lawyers advises international, national and regional clients in the areas of defamation, privacy and reputation management for both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Our specialist team advises on these matters in the context of Court proceedings having been issued, and also in non-contentious matters where, for example, our clients call on us to give pre-publication advice to safeguard against future claims being brought against them.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Defamation

Reputation can take years to build and seconds to lose. It is important for both individuals and increasingly important for businesses in an online age. We advise on libel defamation, slander defamation, internet defamation and recommend to clients how best to protect their reputation by bringing or defending libel claims in the High Court or by alternative dispute resolution.

Pre-publication advice

Getting a publication right at the outset is crucial to prevent legal disputes and, more importantly, incurring unnecessary costs. Our defamation lawyers provide pre-publication advice to publishers and businesses assessing a proposed publication for libel, contempt and confidentiality, and recommend ways to avoid any difficulties.

Reputation management

Protecting, restoring and safeguarding our clients' reputations is our defamation lawyers' business. Our defamation lawyers advise both individuals and businesses on how to best protect and manage their reputations when faced with a hostile press or false and defamatory publications, whether by litigation or more practical measures.

Media issues

Our defamation lawyers work with clients to address issues raised by the media and through the media. We also advise on the Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice, the Advertising Standards Authority Code of Practice and the OFCOM Broadcasting Code.

Privacy and confidence

Privacy and litigation arising from breach of privacy is now a rapidly developing area of law. We advise on privacy issues for both claimants and defendants, including obtaining privacy injunctions and defending freedom of expression. Our defamation lawyers also advise on breach of confidence claims, confidentiality issues and human rights matters.

Malicious falsehood

Malicious falsehood is often referred to as the poor relation to libel. However, it is often key in trade disputes and trade libel claims. Our defamation lawyers advise businesses and individuals in respect of trade libel and malicious falsehood claims.

Our Clients


Our defamation lawyers act for a number of leading publishing houses, businesses, local newspapers, authors and leading academics, and have particular experience in acting for clients in the charity and not-for-profit sector.

The broad IP practice at Blake Morgan is a valuable resource for companies with their sights on secure brand protection, especially in the charity, professional regulation, retail and leisure and public sectors. Its counsel is both practical and commercially focused, and extends beyond trademarks into related areas such as competition and reputation management. "Blake Morgan is very responsive and prompt in providing advice and action where necessary. It has the expertise and bench strength of a large firm, but the service feels like that of a boutique."
- World Trade Review 1000, 2021


The twin engines of the trademark offering are Jill Bainbridge and Ben Evans. "Well prepared and effective", Bainbridge is appreciated for her "good commercial sense and charming manner", Evans is particularly sought out for social media-related IP issues. Together they have been meeting the branding needs of Nokia and Wiggle Limited. "Jill and Ben are professional, friendly, down to earth, responsive and pragmatic. Both consistently produce quality work and obtain favourable results."
- World Trade Review 1000, 2021


"Jill Bainbridge heads the offering … and is noted for her 'excellent client care'."
- The Legal 500 2019


Highlights


Advising and working with a charity to manage its reputation and minimise damage to this following the publication of various defamatory and damaging articles in the national press and online.


Advising a corporate client in relation to harassment of employees and damaging postings on various websites, including US websites by a former employee. Securing a permanent injunction to restrain the conduct.


Successfully representing a company following anonymous defamatory postings published on a financial website bulletin board. This required an urgent application to the Court for the disclosure of the identities and IP addresses of those posting the defamatory material in order that proceedings could be commenced against them.


Our Experts


Jill
Bainbridge
Partner

Southampton

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Lee
Fisher
Partner

Cardiff

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Ben
Evans
Legal Director & Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Southampton

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Delme
Griffiths
Legal Director

Cardiff

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