Defamation

 

Anyone can be at risk from a defamation claim, whether from something written (libel) or spoken (slander). From national newspapers to websites, from interviews to podcasts, the words we use need careful scrutiny before broadcast or publication.

Reputation is one of the most valuable assets for any organisation or individual, so if you’re accused of defamation – or feel you’ve been unfairly treated - you need fast, insightful legal advice to protect your interests and explain your options.

With over 50 years’ experience in defamation claims, we offer clear advice both pre and post publication. We can check press releases, articles and books, identifying risks before publication. And we can highlight any potential libel in video or audio material. Our wide range of clients includes newspapers, magazines, police forces, local authorities, schools, universities, security companies, sports bodies, property, legal and medical professionals and their insurers.

In addition to defending actions we advise claimants, including medical clients, architects and other professionals. And we offer specific expertise in internet defamation from blogs and defamatory postings.

Our team is actively involved in government consultations on libel reform, including internet defamation. Tim Smith, the partner who leads our defamation team, worked with the Ministry of Justice and helped the Law Society to brief the House of Lords on the Defamation Act 2013. He also chaired The Law Society’s Defamation Pre-Action Protocol Working Group, the committee that carried out the most recent review of pre-action procedure.

As recognised experts in defamation law, we also regularly provide training on the risks, implications and latest developments in defamation to leading insurers.

Who to contact


Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Partner,
London



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Defamation Team

Clare Durkin

Clare Durkin

Senior associate,
Manchester


Steve Kuncewicz

Steve Kuncewicz

Partner,
London, Manchester


Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Partner,
London


Anne Staunton

Anne Staunton

Partner,
Dublin


Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young

Senior associate,
Manchester


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Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Partner,
London