If you consider you have been defamed, or allegations of defamation have been made against you, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible to understand your rights and obligations.
Defamation is the publication of words that harm a person’s reputation in the eyes of others. “Publication” may be by words spoken or written (including online, in print, or even in an email or text message). In some cases, it is possible for a small business to be defamed.
Claims in defamation can be brought where the person defamed has suffered a loss as a result of the publication. Defamation is a complex area of law and very strict timeframes apply to both persons claiming and people responding to claims in defamation. In addition, there are a wide range of defences available to the publication of defamatory material which all impact upon the prospects of success in these kinds of claims.