Building a reputation can take years, and yet it can be destroyed in minutes.

This is particularly true in today’s digital society with such prevalent use of online communication channels, publications and social media. With just a click of a button, ill-thought or malicious comments can be posted to broad audiences.

False or inaccurate content about people posted on social networking sites, internet forums or blogs can be circulated quickly, and serious harm can often arise to a person's reputation if swift action is not taken.

Monan Gozzett has extensive experience in dealing with defamatory issues that can badly damage personal and professional reputations.

What Is Defamation Of Character?

Defamation of character is a tort which relates to the publication of a statement that has caused, or is likely to cause, serious harm to a person’s reputation. The reputational consequences of being defamed can be devastating.

You may have heard of the terms 'Slander' and 'Libel'. ‘Slander’ is defined as a more temporary form of defamation, i.e. the spoken word. Comments are considered libellous if they take a more permanent form, i.e. in writing.

You can read more about the definition of defamation.

Why Choose Monan Gozzett As Your Defamation of Character Solicitors?

Our defamation of character solicitors frequently advise clients on their available options, which may include bringing a defamation claim to protect their reputation and recover damages.

We also provide continuing safeguarding advice to protect clients and their families in case of any further false allegations.

Given that reputations can often be ruined as a result of such publications, our team of expert lawyers can provide reputational and crisis management advice immediately when required to place you in the best position moving forward.

We often work in conjunction with our criminal defence team and advise clients who have been falsely accused of committing offences and have had their police investigation discontinued or charges against them dropped.

If you require any assistance, please call our dedicated team of expert lawyers for a confidential discussion on 0207 936 6329 or email

Frequently Asked Questions About Defamation Of Character

Is there a time limit for how long I have to sue someone for defamation?

The limitation period for defamation claims is one year from when the cause of action arises, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Therefore, it is vital to seek legal advice as soon as you know of any false or inaccurate statements about you.

What constitutes a defamatory statement?

There are usually four main criteria that must be met.

A defamation claim will only be successful if the information published, broadcast or spoken is proven to be:

  • Untrue
  • Exaggerated
  • Reported in an intentionally misleading way
  • Damaging to the reputation of that person or business

What If I'm not sure who published the defamatory statements?

It is possible to sue any person or entity who published the defamatory statements or caused them to be published. This includes publishing companies and their editors.

If you do not know the identity of the person responsible for publishing the defamatory statements, then we may be able to apply for a pre-action disclosure order against a third party who knows the wrongdoer's identity.

What is the first stage in a defamation lawsuit?

The first thing to do is to prepare and send to an intended defendant a 'Letter Before Claim' that is compliant with the Pre-Action Protocol for Media and Communications Claims. This letter will detail your complaint and allow the defendant time to respond. This could be enough to convince the defendent to rescind their comments and make a settlement out of Court.

Sometimes, however, a defendant may choose to defend the claim. If this is the case, the next step would be to issue proceedings in the High Court.

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