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Defamation & Reputation Management Solicitors

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Claire Kitchen
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Brenel Menezes
Brenel Menezes
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Losing your good reputation can have a serious impact on both your professional and private lives.

Your personal reputation is very important to us, so we’ll fight to help you protect it. Our specialist lawyers regularly assist high-profile clients and those in the public eye to protect their good name.

What is reputation management?

Reputation management is the process of handling how the public perceive you. If someone has made comments about you (online or in other forms) that are unflattering or defamatory, we can advise on whether their statements are defamatory, and whether they can be removed or retracted.

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What is defamation?

Defamation is defined as an untrue statement that tarnishes the reputation of someone (or a company) in the eyes of right-thinking individuals. It can be divided into either slander or libel, depending on how the comments are made.

The offending statements have to be published or communicated to a third party.

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What’s the difference between libel and slander?

If a defamatory comment is written down, such as on social media, it’s libel. If the same defamatory comment is spoken, it’s considered slander. Both libel and slander are types of defamation and can have serious effects on your reputation. You can find out more about defamation on social media in our guide.

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Making a defamation claim

Suing for defamation can be a lengthy process, depending on whether the other party involved accepts fault or not.

Before you go to court, you’ll need to give them the opportunity to apologise. Often, the matter can be resolved with a retraction or an apology and you can avoid the expense and inconvenience of going to court.

If they deny the allegation, say their statement is true, or ignore the correspondence, you may want to take them to court. At this point, our experienced legal team will help you decide whether your claim is likely to succeed if you choose to issue proceedings to the High Court. We’ll support you, advise you on the options available and keep you updated on the estimated cost of pursuing your case.

Defamation on social media

Social media is a common area where defamatory statements are published, with users often feeling free to voice their opinions and thoughts without worrying about any consequences. A defamatory statement can be made on social media and published to thousands of people within seconds. 

If your case concerns a comment made on social media, we can advise you on whether the website owner should be asked to remove it or if the person who made the offending comment should be pursued.

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Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?

Access to top-tier legal professionals who truly appreciate the reputational impact of defamation is crucial. Our defamation lawyers have more than 40 years of experience in defamation, data protection and privacy law. We understand the importance of your public image and we know how to maintain it. 

We will advise you on how best to protect your reputation and ensure your good name is preserved. Our leading lawyers provide legal advice tailored to your individual circumstances and requirements, advising you on the best course of action to take.

We’ll advise you on whether your case is likely to succeed, as well as any potential risks or costs associated with taking further legal action. We understand the importance of your reputation, so we’ll deal with your case respectfully and discreetly, working diligently to secure the best possible outcome for you.

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Frequently asked questions on defamation

I’m receiving unpleasant or threatening emails or social media posts, what can I do?

Harassment is defined by the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 as “a course of conduct which amounts to harassment which the perpetrator knows or ought to know amounts to harassment”. This can include threats made online on social media and through email as well as harassment in real life. We regularly advise people who have been subject to harassing behaviour from third parties.

In such cases it may be possible to stop the behaviour of the harassing third-party with a formal letter known as a “cease and desist letter”. If this doesn’t stop the harassing behaviour it may be necessary to issue proceedings under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and obtain a harassment injunction. This is an injunction that orders them to stop their harassing behaviour. If they don’t stop, legal action for contempt of court can be brought against them.

How much does an injunction cost?

Injunctions can be necessary when trying to resolve defamation cases. The costs of issuing an injunction differs depending on the amount of available evidence. Our specialist team will be able to give you a breakdown of the costs and advise you on the best course of action.

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