An individual or organisation’s reputation is important. Loss of a good reputation can mean lost livelihood and professional standing. Our clients range from individuals in the public eye to businesses who wish to protect their reputation and that of their staff.
Reputation management is the process of handling how the public perceive an individual or organisation. Very often a third party will make comments about an individual or business that are unflattering or defamatory. We can advise on whether statements made (online or in other forms) are defamatory, and whether can be removed or retracted.
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.
If a defamatory comment is written down, such as on social media, it is 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.
Suing for defamation can be a lengthy process, depending on whether the third party accepts fault or not.
Before you go to court, you need to give the third party 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 the third party denies the allegation, says their statement is true, or ignores 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 advise you of the estimated cost of pursuing your case.
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. Online review sites that ask users to rate a service or business are also often a platform used by people to make defamatory statements
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 individual who made the offending comment should be pursued.
You have a wide choice of libel and slander solicitors and understand that picking the right firm for you is crucial. At Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, we want to give you the best legal advice possible, whether you decide to progress your claim with us or not. Our specialist lawyers have more than 40 years of experience in defamation, data protection and privacy law.
We’ll advise you on whether your case is likely to succeed, as well as any potential risks or costs associated with taking action.
We will treat your defamation case with respect and delicacy, while ensuring you get the best possible outcome.
Harassment is defined by the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 has “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 have acted for a number of individuals and organisations 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 by a formal letter known as a “cease and desist letter”. If a cease and desist letter does not 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 the harassing party to stop their behaviour. If they do not stop the behaviour they can be brought again to court for contempt of court.
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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