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.
Main Areas Of Practice
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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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.
Awards and Accolades
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Recent case law in the Court of Protection exemplifies poor conduct resulting in punishment by Costs Order
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Southampton 10 October 2019
Together with the CIOB and CIArB, we are delighted to invite you to our seminar at our Southampton office on 10 October, discussing disputes and how things can go wrong...Read More
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