LIBEL & DEFAMATION LAW SOLICITORS

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  • Curzon Green

    Curzon Green Solicitors - the City of London and High Wycombe

    Curzon Green

    Curzon Green

    Curzon Green Solicitors - the City of London and High Wycombe

    114-116 Oxford Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2DN

    01494 451 355

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  • Ison Harrison Limited

    Ison Harrison Limited

    Ison Harrison Limited

    Duke House, 54 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE

    0113 284 5000

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  • Wright Hassall LLP

    The secret behind our award winning success? Our clients.

    Wright Hassall LLP

    Wright Hassall LLP

    The secret behind our award winning success? Our clients.

    Olympus House, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV34 6BF

    01926 886 688

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  • Howes Percival LLP

    Breathing New Life into Law

    Howes Percival LLP

    Howes Percival LLP

    Breathing New Life into Law

    Nene House, 4 Rushmills, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 7YB

    01604 230400

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  • ABMF

    We're on YOUR side!

    ABMF

    We're on YOUR side!

    42 Ringley Drive, Manchester, Lancashire, M45 7LR

    07970291197

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  • Broudie Jackson Canter

    Making a difference through the practice of law

    Broudie Jackson Canter

    Broudie Jackson Canter

    Making a difference through the practice of law

    Dale House, 27 Dale Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2HD

    0151 227 1429

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  • Tom Street & Co Solicitors Limited

    Tom Street & Co Solicitors Limited

    Tom Street & Co Solicitors Limited

    2a Bath Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DG

    1373452888

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  • Bell Lax Limited

    Bell Lax Limited

    Bell Lax Limited

    New Bank House, 21 Maney Corner, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1QL

    0121 355 0011

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  • MYM SOLICITORS

    A team of dedicated and experienced Solicitors who put their clients’ needs at the core of their spe

    MYM SOLICITORS

    MYM SOLICITORS

    A team of dedicated and experienced Solicitors who put their clients’ needs at the core of their spe

    MYM Solicitors 329-331 High Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL11TX

    02031377751

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  • Leathes Prior Solicitors

    Leathes Prior Solicitors

    Leathes Prior Solicitors

    74 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DR

    01603 610911

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  • Clarke & Son LLP

    Clarke & Son LLP

    Clarke & Son LLP

    Manor House, 8 Winchester Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 8UG

    01256 320555

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  • Scornik Gerstein LLP

    Scornik Gerstein LLP

    9-10 Staple Inn, 2nd Floor, London, WC1V 7QH

    0207 404 8400

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  • Birketts LLP

    Birketts LLP

    Birketts LLP

    24-26 Museum Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HZ

    01473 232300

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  • Weightmans LLP

    Weightmans LLP

    100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9QJ

    0845 073 9900

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  • Knights

    Knights

    Regency House, 25 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1UT

    01892 537311

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What is the Difference Between Defamation, Libel and Slander?

Defamation is the act of damaging the good reputation of someone. This can be done by saying something that damages their reputation or through printing, writing or publishing such comments.

Libel is considered to be defamation in permanent form whereas slander refers to defamation in non-permanent form.

Commonly, the term ‘libel' is used for written, broadcast or published defamation. Slander is more often used for spoken word.

What Proof Will I Need to Provide in a Defamation Case?

In order to make a successful claim for libel or slander, the claimant must prove a variety of things. This includes:

  • The defamation was seen, heard or understood by more than one person, excluding the defendant and claimant.
  • The allegation was directed to you, either in that you were named, pictured or were identifiable in some other way.
  • That the defamation, either libelous or slanderous resulted in your character being lowered in the eyes of right thinking members of society.

In cases of slander, there will also be the requirement to prove that you have suffered a financial loss, unless the offence is related to your professional life or can result in a punishment of imprisonment.

The requirement to prove a financial loss for slander is not in force for claims of slander per se. In these instances, the evidence would suggest that:

  • an allegation that the claimant committed a crime that could result in a punishment of imprisonment.
  • the suggestion that the claimant is suffering from a contagious disease, such as leprosy or HIV/AIDS.
  • the suggestion that a woman has committed adultery or otherwise behaved in an unchaste manner.
  • the suggestion that the claimant is not fit to carry on his trade or profession.

If the claimant is alleging the points as above, they are not obliged to prove any financial loss as a result of the defamation.

What Compensation Payment Am I Likely to Receive?

If you are successful in making a defamation claim, you may be awarded compensation by the judge of the case. This may include prohibiting future publications of any such material, awarding a financial sum to remunerate for losses and force the defendant to pay for your legal costs.

The amount that you are awarded will depend upon your individual case and the extent of your losses. It is therefore not possible to give a likely figure of compensation. It is true to say that many defamation cases are settled before a court hearing, and so the settlement may be negotiated without the order of a judge. A solicitor specialising in defamation cases will be able to assure their client of the value of any settlement offers and help to determine whether an out of court arrangement is likely to be more beneficial based on previous experiences.

How Much Will a Defamation Case Cost?

Each defamation case will be considered on its own contents and as such, there is no flat fee for how much the case is likely to cost. Because of the nature of defamation cases, many solicitors will offer a no win, no fee arrangement to their clients. This will entail the solicitor considering the likelihood of a successful outcome prior to offering such terms.

Legal Aid is not usually available for defamation cases and so claimants are well advised to ensure the costs from the outset as they will be personally liable for meeting the solicitor fees.

Are There Any Time Limits to Consider?

There are strict timeframes for action with defamation cases. Court proceedings must commence within a year of the act of defamation or publication. In theory, this means that whilst the publication is still available, the time restriction does not begin. That is to say that a publication online or in a book that is still available means that the 12 month time period is revolving until the publication is no longer available for common viewing.

Should a year have passed, a judge may grant an extension on this time if they see fit. However, there are no guarantees, and so claimants are advised to act as quickly as possible.

How long a claim for defamation takes is largely dependent on whether the claim is contested or not. If the defendant admits to the act of defamation, the case is likely to be concluded much quicker with a settlement being agreed between solicitors. A defamation case that is contested can take approximately 12 months to investigate, process and arrive at trial. Depending upon the extent of the defamation, the publication type and the audience size, some cases can last several years.

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