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The law of defamation
There is no statutory definition of defamation, a legal action which protects reputation. The common law test is 'would the words tend to lower the claimant in the estimation of right thinking members of society generally?'. The key elements of a defamation claim are:
- a defamatory statement was made
- the statement had a negative impact, ie 'lowered the claimant in the estimation of right thinking members of society'
- the statement refers to an identifiable legal person
- the statement was published
- there is no lawful justification or other statutory defence
The Defamation Act 2013 introduced a requirement that the statement in question causes 'serious harm'. Therefore, not all statements that are abusive or insulting will be defamatory, a claimant must prove that their reputation has been damaged as a result of the statement. For corporate claimants, there is an additional requirement to prove likely or actual serious financial loss.
How Solicitors Guru can help you find the right defamation lawyer for you
Defamation is a complicated, specialist area of law. To succeed in a claim, you need to engage a solicitor with the right expertise and experience. By running a search through our carefully selected panel of defamation solicitors, you can be confident that you will find only those who are leaders in their field.
We have allowed former clients to provide an independent rating and comment on the service they receive from solicitors that they have used in the past. You can use these comments to evaluate if a particular defamation solicitor is right for you.
If you have been the victim of a defamatory statement, then start your search for a solicitor who can advise you on the next steps to take.