Defamation, Privacy, Media & Reputation Management

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If you have issues with the presentation of your business in or by the media, Blacks Solicitors can advise you on how to best handle the situation.

The reputation of a business and its employees, including its directors, shareholders and partners, is an important asset which requires protection, and privacy laws exist to protect individuals from unwanted and unjustified attention.

Our specialist team can advise on any attacks to you and your company’s reputation and, where appropriate, liaise with public relations experts to counteract any negative impact.

We deal with all types of issues involving defamation, cyber-squatting, privacy, malicious falsehood, and confidentiality.

Defamation

Has the reputation of your business been undermined or damaged by a false report, or by a wrong connection or association?

Defamation arises where something is communicated either by spoken words or in writing that makes people think badly of your business.

In order to bring a claim for defamation, the statement published has to be factually incorrect, damaging to reputation, and causing serious harm.

A claim for libel covers ‘permanent’ publications such as written allegations in a newspaper, allegations broadcast on television or radio, or allegations posted online or on social media.

A claim for slander covers spoken words and/or gestures.

There is a strict one year time limit to bring a claim from the date of publication and therefore expert advice should be sought at once.

Our team have experience in representing the interests of companies against national newspapers and the mainstream media, in a wide range of defamation claims. In addition to claims for damages, we can also assist in securing corrections, apologies, and undertakings not to repeat the statements.

 

For more information about any of the above, please email or call Blacks Solicitors’ Commercial Dispute Resolution team today on 0113 207 0000.