Defamation

Incisive advice on all aspects of defamation law

We advise individuals on all aspects of defamation law. This is an area of law where prompt and decisive action is often crucial. Our experienced team provide sensible and pragmatic advice to ensure that the most suitable course of action is pursued. Whether you are the subject of defamation or whether you are the one that has allegedly published defamatory material we can help. Our team is also experienced in providing pre-publication advice and advising clients in handling media enquiries.

As demonstrated in the case of Baby P and Haringey Council, handling media enquiries with a view to minimising the impact of damaging publicity can often have the opposite effect. Caution must always be exercised when speaking to the media. We regularly advise organisations on making appropriate responses to media enquiries and in responding to potentially damaging news stories. Our defamation lawyers frequently advise clients on the options available when public criticism goes beyond what is fair and reasonable and amounts to an actionable libel or slander.

Key services and issues

  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Malicious falsehood
  • Pre-publication advice
  • Public relations advice

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