The increasing use of social media platforms, for example Facebook, Trip Advisor, Trust Pilot and Google Reviews, has lead to an increase in issues concerning online defamation. It has become progressively easier for the general public to publish posts, comments and reviews about individuals and businesses. As a result, numerous people may be reading publications which could be adversely affecting the individual or business referred to. Fundamentally, such publications could be considered defamatory.

If you are the subject of a publication you believe could be defamatory, we may be able to assist you in taking the required legal action to seek remedies which include, but are not limited to, removal of the defamatory content and compensation.


What does the law say?

In order to bring a claim for defamation against the publisher, you must demonstrate that the publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to your reputation (section 1(1) Defamation Act 2013).


What should I do next?

Defamation actions are very complex and can be extremely costly, it is best to seek advice from a solicitor at an early to stage to see if litigation can be avoided through the use of alternative dispute resolution methods.

There may be other legal options available to you which we can also explore. These could include malicious falsehood, breach of confidence, misuse of private information, harassment, breach of data protection laws and infringement of intellectual property rights.


I would like further information, who should I contact?

If you would like advice on any defamation related issue, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Dispute Resolution and Litigation Solicitors, Laura Colebrook or Laura Ellis, by telephoning 0118 975 6622 or by email.  They will be happy to have an initial conversation with you.