Defamation is when an inaccurate accusation is made against you or your business as a deliberate attempt to degrade your reputation. The action of defaming can occur in a variety of forms but is mainly used through writing or verbal accusations and depending on these circumstances will deter whether you have a case for either slander or libel. Regardless, defamation can have potentially serious consequences for your reputation and your income as it can lead to receiving negative publicity. 

In the relatively new world of social media there has been a huge increase in the way the public communicate and this has seen a huge increase in the number of potential  Defamation claims. Particularly, you must be cautious when posting anything in the lead up to Christmas, especially during and after the annual office party. 

At Cartwright King, our Civil Litigation team are available to hear the circumstances surrounding your case and will work alongside you to take the appropriate steps to defend your reputation. In cases of defamation it is essential that you gain professional legal advice at the earliest opportunity which we can offer by guiding you through the entire legal proceedings. 

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Our highly skilled Civil Litigation team are available to aid you throughout the legal process. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. For more information, please call us on 0808 168 5550 or email

Defamation and the law

Defamation is the use of an inaccurate accusation against somebody else or their company which has the sole purpose of damaging their reputation. More often than not, defamation can have the desired effect as it creates negative publicity for the accused which potentially leads to a substantial loss in both reputation and income. Defamation can be broken down further into two categories which are:

Libel – This covers permanent publications which can be found in written mediums such as magazines and newspapers. It is also worth noting that claims broadcast on TV or radio are also classed as being ‘written’ as the defamation is again used in a permanent fashion.

Slander – This covers defamatory statements made by spoken words and/or gestures. A common example is if this is said in a room with other people present.  
Taking these two forms of defamation into account, they can therefore be found in, but not being limited to, the following:

  • Television broadcasting
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Newspaper publications
  • Magazine publications
  • Emails
  • Websites i.e. Chatrooms
  • Spoken words and/or gestures 

If you have been a victim of any of the defamatory acts outlined above, then you have up to a year to legally claim for any damages caused unless the courts rule that exceptional circumstances stopped you from doing so during this time. The full context behind the defamatory act must be considered when a claim is made, which the courts will take into account during the proceedings.

When dealing with defamation, you could easily find yourself losing money from your business as your attention is focused elsewhere. At Cartwright King we are available to take the worry off of your hands and act on your behalf. We make it a priority to work both professionally and efficiently to ensure that your reputation is left undamaged so that you can continue with both your personal and business life.

What are the consequences of defamation?

If you fall victim to defamation, it can potentially have consequences on you and those close to you. A defamatory statement can therefore cause problems including the following:

  • Loss of earnings from your business
  • Damage to your personal reputation
  • Damage to your business reputation
  • Becoming a target for abuse and ridicule
  • Damages your reputation to general members of society

Our Civil Litigation Solicitors are available to provide you with professional advice from the outset and will outline the best options available to you. We will claim for compensation you feel that you should be owed due to any damages caused and represent you in court if necessary.

How can we help you?

If a defamatory statement has been directed at you, our experienced Civil Litigation department are available to hear the circumstances surrounding your case before advising you throughout the entirety of the legal proceedings. We promise to:

  • Advise you throughout the entire process
  • Treat your case in a non-judgemental, sensitive manner
  • Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
  • Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
  • Represent you in both Magistrates and Crown Court as necessary
  • Take the worry off your hands
  • Carefully relate the context of your case to your claim
  • Try and ensure that the case is distanced from the public

Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending those who have become victims of defamation, regardless of whether it is libel or slander.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry that defamation can cause and the potentially negative impact it can have on you, your family and your company. We are available to support you throughout the entirety of the proceedings and represent you in court if the need arises. 

How to make contact

If you require legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Civil Litigation team on and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Solicitors can provide advice and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordBoltonDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottinghamSheffield and Worcester.

For further information please get in touch with our dedicated team.

Lee Xavier - Civil Litigation Solicitor


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