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Claire Kitchen
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Defamation can be hugely damaging to your business. False statements about your company can cause reputational issues, even leading to a loss of income that impacts your profits. That’s why the team at Hodge Jones & Allen is here to help.

Our expert defamation solicitors are experienced in dealing with cases of defamation against businesses and will do all they can to protect you from reputational damage. 

Find out more about how we can manage your business’ reputation and help you claim against any defamatory statements that could have a negative impact on your ability to operate successfully.

Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?

Our defamation solicitors are highly experienced, with more than 40 years of experience in helping businesses deal with issues like defamation and reputational damage. We have a number of lawyers with expertise in this area, so we can always find the right match for your case. 

We work closely with your team to discover the source of any defamatory statements, as well as assessing the impact these have had on your business. From there, we can advise if you have a claim and how likely your case is to succeed, as well as advising on any risks you might face by taking action. 

We will treat your defamation case delicately, and with respect, at all times, while ensuring you get the best possible outcome.

“THE SOLICITOR [CHUN WONG] PROVIDED ME WITH AN EXCELLENT SERVICE, SHE COULDN'T HAVE DONE ANYTHING BETTER. SHE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE, KEPT ME FULLY INFORMED AND EXPLAINED COMPLEX MATTERS TO ME IN A WAY THAT I COULD INSTANTLY UNDERSTAND." - MRS LEE

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What is defamation?

From a business point of view, defamation is an untrue statement that tarnishes the reputation of a company in the eyes of right-minded individuals. It can be divided into either slander or libel, depending on how the comments are made.

To be considered defamatory, the offending statements have to be published or communicated to a third party.

Social media has become a prominent source of defamation in recent years. Users often feel free to voice their opinions and thoughts without worrying about the consequences. However, a defamatory statement can be made on social media and published to thousands of people within seconds, causing huge damage to a business’ reputation. 

If your case relates to something that has been posted on social media platforms, we can help determine whether the website owner should be asked to remove it, or if the individual who made the comment should be pursued.

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How do I make a defamation claim?

Suing for defamation can be a lengthy process, depending on whether or not the accused person admits fault. Before you can make a claim, you have to give the person the opportunity to apologise for the statements they made. This means many cases are resolved with a retraction or an apology before they get to court. 

If the third party denies the allegation of defamation, however, or says the statement was true, you can take them to court. At that point, our experienced defamation solicitors will help you decide whether your claim is likely to succeed if you choose to issue proceedings to the High Court. We’ll also advise you of the estimated cost of pursuing your case.

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Featured cases

Google reviews

Our client was an accountant who was accused of being unprofessional, dishonest and overcharging for his services via reviews left on Google business review section. As the comments were anonymous, Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors contacted Google to instruct them to remove the offending post. They initially refused, citing the fact that the post didn’t breach their terms and conditions. 

Our defamation solicitors later issued a takedown notice to Google’s head office, highlighting the responsibilities of the company under English law. As a result, the offending post was removed and the matter resolved without the need for court proceedings.

Online harassment

We were instructed by a limited company whose employee was being harassed online and through the post. The third party had already been warned by the police about their behaviour but this did not stop them from continuing the harassment. 

Our defamation solicitors applied for an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 without notice to the individual. This was granted and upheld at two further hearings. The third party was also eventually ordered to pay our client’s costs. 

If your business has suffered as a result of defamation, get in touch to find out how we can help with your reputation management.

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“THE SOLICITOR PROVIDED ME WITH AN EXCELLENT SERVICE, SHE COULDN’T HAVE DONE ANYTHING BETTER. SHE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE, KEPT ME FULLY INFORMED AND EXPLAINED COMPLEX MATTERS TO ME IN A WAY THAT I COULD INSTANTLY UNDERSTAND.”