Defamation & Reputation Solicitors

If someone has made damaging allegations against you, it’s important to seek legal advice. Reputation is of the utmost importance, especially in the digital world of today where defamatory publications can cost you dearly, not only in terms of lost opportunities or lost revenue, but also in terms of personal impact, with embarrassment and distress often being the result. It’s clear that action needs to be taken quickly before any damaging publication can spread.

At Carter Bond, we have a very good understanding of the relevant laws and its applications to assist you with your reputation.

For more information about our commercial law services please call us on +44 (0)20 3475 6751 or email

What Are Defamatory Statements

A defamatory statement refers to a published statement to one or more people that could cause a reader to worsen their opinion of you. Statements that are untrue, insulting or upsetting may not necessarily be defamatory. Also, to be classed as defamatory, the publication must cause your reputation “serious harm”. The claimant has the burden of proof in defamation claims to demonstrate that the statement has not only been read but also serious harm has been suffered.

    What Constitutes “Serious Harm”?

    The threshold for “serious harm” is quite high, and depends on the publication’s circumstances. If only a few individuals have read the defamatory statement or the statement isn’t likely to be taken seriously the test probably won’t be met.

    Is There A Difference Between Slander And Libel?

    The term “libel” is used to describe a permanent form i.e. Written, whereas slander is only in a temporary form, i.e. spoken. There are a few exceptions but normally bringing a claim for slander requires actual loss to be proven, whereas for a libel claim you’ll usually be entitled automatically to compensation so long as the test for “serious harm” has been met.

    Is It Possible To Accidentally Defame Someone?

    The intention of the defendant is typically irrelevant. The primary issue is really what an average person would assume the words meant and if they’d cause harm to your reputation. It’s possible to defame somebody accidentally through carelessness. It’s also possible to be liable if you just repeat another person’s defamatory statement should it cause harm to the claimant.

    Is There A Time Limit On Bringing Defamation Claims?

    A claim must be brought within a year from the publication’s date. Only in exceptional circumstances will the time limit be disapplied.

    Which Remedies Could The Court Order If My Claim Is Successful?

    The court may order that you are awarded damages for injury to your reputation, for your distress and injury to your feelings, and to vindicate your defamation. They may also issue an injunction to prohibit similar statements being republished and the defendant may be required to pay your legal costs.

    In most cases though, a settlement will be made out of court with solicitors being free to negotiate the terms which could include compensation, an apology or retraction and an undertaking never to republish a similar statement. The costs of your case may also need to be paid by the defendant.

    How Do I Bring A Claim For Defamation?

    If you wish to bring a claim for defamation you must instruct us to draw up a Pre-Action Protocol Letter of Claim. In order to do this, we must review all the documentation including the publication that you are complaining of. Once this is done, we’ll prepare then send to the defendant the formal Letter of Claim which sets out your case as well as your requirements.

    In order to instruct us, contact our team today. We’re looking forward to helping you bring your claim.


    Temilola Ade-John

    Commercial Litigation Partner

    t: +44 020 3475 6751
    m: +44 07940 722 825

    Jayesh Jotangia

    Litigation Barrister

    t: +44 020 3475 6751

    Enis Rifat

    Consultant Solicitor

    t: +44 020 3475 6751
    m: +44 07538 597 236


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