Defamation and reputational risk

If you have a defamation claim, Tees can help. Our specialist defamation solicitors support businesses and individuals in need of reputational risk management.

Polly Kerr, Royston

Defamation and reputational risk solicitors

It can be extremely damaging to your personal and businesses reputation if someone makes an allegation against you which isn’t true. Malicious comments can have a serious impact on your reputation, and the continued success of your business.

That’s why it’s important to take decisive, pragmatic action if you discover that someone has said or written something about you that could affect your reputation negatively. Talk to our specialist defamation and reputational risk solicitors, and we’ll help you resolve the situation and protect your image.

Specialist corporate defamation solicitors

Your businesses reputation is a valuable asset. Many businesses spend years nurturing their image and just one defamatory comment could undermine all that work. A good reputation is often vital to a business’s success so any damage to your reputation can be devastating. You could lose key clients, customers or referrers.  So, defamation represents a real risk to your business.

Whatever your situation, Tees can help you set the record straight. Whether a former employee, client or competitor has made an allegation that could hurt your organisation’s image, we have the expertise to help keep your reputation intact. We can also help you bring a claim against the individual or business responsible, if you want to make a claim for damages as a result of their comments.

At Tees, we will help you protect your reputation by taking swift and effective action. Call us on 0800 0131165 – we’re ready to help.

What is defamation?

Defamation is when someone says, writes or otherwise communicates a statement which damages your personal reputation or that of a business. The comment could be spoken in person, in writing (in print, or online) or even through a hand gesture.

There are two types of defamation: slander and libel.

Slander covers spoken statements, gestures and conduct.

Libel is any statement made in a more permanent form. Most commonly this includes written allegations and allegations broadcast on television or radio. It can also include media such as stage productions and commentary on the internet. So, comments made on social media platforms, web forums and other online websites can be considered libel.

Do I have a case for defamation?

Our specialist defamation, libel and slander solicitors can tell you if you have grounds to make a claim.

To make a claim, the statement needs to cause an average, reasonable person to think less of you or your business. The statement must have caused damage to your reputation.  For a business to bring a successful action for defamation, it has to show that the alleged defamation has resulted or is likely to result in a serious financial loss. We can tell you if you have a claim for defamation, so give us a call or fill out our contact form below.

Time limits on defamation claims

The nature of defamation makes it important to act quickly and efficiently. News travels fast, and our specialist solicitors will help you mitigate any damage caused to you or your business.

If you leave defamatory statements unchallenged it increases the reputational damage they can cause. In an age of social media, comments spread rapidly online. Our team includes experts in the laws surrounding social media, and has the practical experience to deal with claims involving social media and other online websites.

There is a 12 month time limit on claims for defamation. You must make your claim within 12 months from the time you discovered the alleged defamation. At Tees, we handle claims as quickly and effectively as possible and will do our utmost to ensure a prompt result for you.

How we can help you

At Tees, our litigation team includes specialists in the laws surrounding defamation. We’ve successfully represented many individuals and organisations, so we have the experience to guide you through any situation.

We will listen carefully to your situation, and advise on which actions are most appropriate in your case. Whatever is required, we will act quickly to protect your reputation and minimise the damage. We can also advise on what can be done to redress the situation and claim damages for defamation.

We always try to resolve cases at the earliest possible stage – saving you time, money and hassle. But if necessary, as a last resort, we’ll take court action to protect your reputation.

What to do next

Our experts will guide you through the situation and help you draw a line underneath it. We’re here to protect you, your business and your reputation.

Call our Dispute Resolution & Litigation solicitors on 0800 0131165 for an initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

Call our Dispute Resolution & Litigation solicitors on 0800 0131165

For an initial consultation, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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