If your reputation has been unfairly attacked, the expert solicitors at JMW can help to protect your name in a defamation case. We have great experience in helping both individuals and businesses who have been the victim of false or harmful allegations and we can provide the support you need to make sure any damage done can be minimised and that those responsible are held to account.

Find out more about how we can help if you have been the victim of defamation by contacting us today. Simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our media law team will call you back.

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Defamation Explained

Your reputation is incredibly important and if somebody attacks your good name or your business, it can be a distressing and unpleasant experience. Defamation is defined as the communication of a false statement that serves to harm a reputation, be that of an individual, a business or group. Defamation in a permanent form is called 'libel' and verbal defamation is called 'slander'. It can appear in many different contexts, including:

  • Email, letter, text or fax
  • Newspaper articles or TV broadcasts
  • Internet blogs
  • Social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
  • Books
  • Brochures or posters 

What is Defamatory?

Statements that tend to make the reader, viewer or listener think less of a person or business by exposing them to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or disparaging them in their business, trade or profession are potentially defamatory. 

Allegations of dishonesty, immorality, incompetence or criminal activity are all potentially defamatory.

For example:

  • A newspaper accuses a footballer of bribing officials to win a match
  • A competitor sends an email to customers accusing a business of producing shoddy products
  • A Twitter user accuses a celebrity of committing a crime

Action to Take

If you have suffered because of defamation, seeking the right legal help can enable you to take action against those responsible. At JMW, we can help you prevent the publication of untrue statements or, in some cases, to 'control' a story.

If publication has already occurred, we can help to prevent the allegations being repeated and correct the damage caused.

This can include securing:

  • Agreement/injunctions preventing re-publication of allegations
  • Removal of the allegations from the internet
  • Prominent apologies
  • Damages
  • Legal costs

Why Choose JMW?

JMW offers a unique level of media law expertise in the north of England, offering unrivalled dedication to reputation management and privacy protection issues. We are highly experienced in issues relating to both traditional media and newer forms such as social media, and are known for our ability to handle the most complex of cases, including hostile media coverage.

We will provide the expert guidance you need throughout your case, keeping you informed of any developments along the way.

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