Introduction

People feel stongly about protecting their reputation as it affects not only their standing in the community but can have serious repercussions in their career and other opportunities.

If what was written about you was legally wrong we can take steps towards restoring your reputation for instance by seeking an apology and corrections and sometimes compensation for hurt feelings. This may require litigation in which we have extensive experience - furthermore with the advent of "no win no fee" arrangements obtaining specialist legal support is increasingly accessible.

What a complainant must prove

A potential claimant who says he or she has been libelled has to prove certain basic facts to get a case off the ground, these are as follows:

  • that the words were published to a third party ie to someone other that the complainant;
  • that the meaning was defamatory of the claimant;
  • that the complainant was identifiable by name or by innuendo from the publication;
  • and, in cases where the defendant relies on privilege from being sued, as a defence, the complainant must prove malice to overcome this defence.

To learn about the first stage of work we can do for you, visit our Initial Assement page.

Stages

There are 3 stages to the work we can do for you, please see below:


Introduction

Introduction


Stage 1

Initial Assessment


Stage 2

Negotiated settlement attempt BEFORE issue of court proceedings


Stage 3

Litigation AFTER court proceedings issued