A good reputation is more valuable than money so let us protect yours. In today's multimedia society, there are more ways than ever before that your reputation can be damaged by other people's words – both written and spoken.

At Tennyson Monroe Solicitors, we know exactly what to do, and we are here to help you do it. Helping to restore the damage is what our specialist team does best, so you know you can trust us to make things right.

What is Defamation?

Defamation occurs when a statement that refers to an identifiable legal person is published to a third party that has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the identified person’s reputation. 

Serious harm to reputation is capable of being inferred from the words published. It is for the Claimant to show serious harm to their reputation. The starting point is that the statements complained of are accepted as being false – it is open to the defendant to argue that the statements complained of are true, but the burden is on the defendant to show this.

What is Slander?

Slander refers to a temporary publication, usually spoken words, but it can also extend to other forms of expression that are not recorded permanently.

What is Libel?

Libel is a written type of defamation that occurs when words about an individual or business are published, for example, untrue comments that are posted on a website or social media platform such as Facebook.

Who can make a defamation claim?

Not everybody is able to make a defamation claim. Individuals, companies, limited liability partnerships, other partnerships (if the claim is fr the firm as a whole and is made in the name of the partners jointly) are all able to pursue or defend defamation claims, but local authorities, councils, government bodies and political parties cannot – although individual members may be able to in certain circumstances where the statement refers to them as an individual.

Need help?

Contact our team of civil litigation solicitors today and we will ensure your case is handled by an experienced lawyer, with specialist knowledge of the area of law directly relating to your case. You will be provided with one point of contact for the duration of the legal process, who will update you on the progress of your case as regularly as possible.