When your reputation is at risk of being damaged by slander, your first move should be to seek sound legal advice from a specialist defamation solicitor. Trust in Talbots Law. No matter the nature of your defamation, we’ll be there to resolve the case as quickly as possible and minimise the fallout.
Defamation is the term given to any oral or written slander that puts your reputation on the line. Due to the power of the Internet, a comment written online could take only minutes to be shared and repeated throughout a vast number of channels. So, while the law surrounding online slander is in a constant state of flux, it always demands prompt action. As well as your reputation, defamation can have a domino affect on your earnings and business opportunities. Therefore, it’s our duty as your solicitors to protect your personal and professional interests before this becomes a reality.
Why choose Talbots defamation solicitors?
At Talbots Law, we understand the sensitivity of the issues involved in defamation cases. That’s why our solicitors will work to resolve your defamation claim as promptly and efficiently as possible, to minimise the damage and protect your reputation. Our defamation solicitors are experts in dispute resolution, and where we can prevent a crisis before it escalates, we will. When someone publishes or broadcasts information about you that could potentially harm your public image or that of your business, you need a team of experts confident in defamation claims. Here at Talbots Law, we work everyday to defend the reputations of individuals and corporations from defamation, libel and slander either through skillful negotiation or forceful legal action. When it comes to our clients, we stop at nothing to clear your name and let you get your life back on track.
What is the difference between libel and slander?
Libel and slander are both forms of defamation. The difference is their level of permanence. The term ‘slander’ generally refers to a false statement, which is said aloud rather than written down and usually done so in order to defame the person it refers to. Libel, on the other hand, is a slanderous statement that has been put in writing and shared with the public: through an on or offline publication, through social media or broadcast on radio or television.
Can an opinion be slander?
An opinion can be seen as slanderous by the courts, but only if the courts believe a reasonable reader/listener would take the opinion as fact. For example, posting an opinion about a musician such as “Their new album is rubbish” will not been seen as slanderous, as it is clear to the public that this is your subjective opinion. However, an assertion of a fact dressed up as an opinion (“It is my opinion that the politician was not paying taxes”) could be seen as slanderous, as the public could see it as a statement of veritable fact.
What can I recover in a successful defamation claim?
If your defamation claim can be settled without litigation, the terms of settlement will be negotiated with one of our dispute resolution solicitors present to assist in the conversation. The settlement will generally include an apology as well as retraction or correction of the statement if it was shared with the public. You are also likely to receive compensation for the damages and payment of your legal fees as well as an undertaking to not repeat the allegations again.
If your claim is heard in court, the judge/Jury will grant an injunction to ensure there are no future allegations made against you as well as awarding you a sum in damages. The amount will depend on the severity of the allegation as well as the potential it had to harm your reputation.
At Talbots Law, we know how damaging defamation can be to your reputation. If you are a victim of defamation, libel or slander, call our solicitors today on 0800 118 1500.
- Bryan Colley
- Director of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
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- Haleh Mirzadeh
- Trainee Solicitor
- Jagdip Bains
- Director & Head of Dispute Resolution & Employment
- John Graham
- Josh Millichamp
- Sonia Gaddu
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