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Print & Media Defamation
Been defamed in print? Even though it's not viral, it can still hurt. We are here to help you and your business.
High-profile online defamation claims dominate the headlines. But instances of offline defamation also continue to cause concern for many. Traditional print media may not have the immediacy or global reach of the internet. Nevertheless, untrue, damaging comments can cause distress, embarrassment and financial loss. This is true whether the victim is an individual or a large company.
As specialist defamation lawyers, we regularly seek redress for clients who have been defamed on air, in newspapers, magazines books and other publications. Contact our defamation lawyers in London today on 0203 983 8278 or click the button below.
Truth – If the comment is true your claim will fail – but it is up to the defendant to prove this
The comment amounted to an ‘honest opinion’ of the author
Arguing that publication was in the public interest
What do I need to prove in a defamation claim?
The Defamation Act, 2013 introduced some changes to the law. As a result, you now need to show you have suffered ‘serious harm’ to your reputation. A business must prove serious financial loss as a result of the material in question.
Statistics from 2015 indicate a reduction of 40% from the previous year in the number of defamation cases issued in London. Whether this is due to the more stringent requirements of the 2013 legislation or the reported increase in legal costs for this type of action is unclear. But in our experience, just as many people complain about defamation now as in the past. Their claims just don’t reach the stage where court proceedings are issued.