Building a good reputation takes years of hard work and dedication that you don’t want to lose. Our defamation solicitors can advise you, your business or your organisation on privacy and defamation issues that could hurt your personal and professional reputation.

Our solicitors advise on:

  • Defamation (libel and slander)
  • Protecting your privacy
  • Harassment
  • Phone hacking
  • Media and crisis management
  • Fake social media accounts acting as you or your organisation
  • Removing offensive and damaging websites or material online
  • False statements about you or your business (malicious falsehood).

We can also advise on what to do if you’re facing accusations of defamation or malicious falsehood yourself. Our team also helps people and businesses assess the risk of publishing information that may lead to defamation claims, and plan accordingly.

The internet and social media have made it more difficult to control what’s reported about you. Whether you’re concerned about your business’s image or your own, we can help you manage your reputation on an on-going basis. We’ll also help you resolve any time-sensitive issues as quickly as possible.

Contact our defamation solicitors on 0370 1500 100 or send us an email if you need advice on protecting your reputation and privacy.

How can we help with defamation and reputation management?

If an individual or group has put your reputation at risk, our lawyers can help minimise the damage to you. We’ll listen to you so we can get the full picture of your situation and advise on the next steps. If you need a court order immediately to stop a company or individual from harming your reputation, we can get one as quickly as possible.

We work with high profile businesses, business leaders and high net worth individuals to resolve complex defamation disputes. Our lawyers also understand you’ll want to avoid going to court and having your affairs made public. We’ll work quickly and discretely to reach an early settlement for you.

If someone has made a claim against you for defamation, we can help too. Our lawyers will work efficiently to resolve the dispute with the best possible outcome. We’ll also advise on how you can avoid a claim in future.

Why choose us?

Our specialist team offer practical advice and work hard to protect your interests, whether they’re personal or professional.

You’ll get a number of options to sort out an issue, such as:

  • An apology
  • A retraction
  • Claiming damages
  • Assurances that the offence will stop.

In some cases we’ll also help you get your legal costs back from those responsible.

If there is damaging material about you online, our defamation lawyers can deal directly with the website owner or the hosting service to remove the harmful content.

Our expert team will work closely with you to help clear your name and relieve unnecessary stress. If your defamation dispute has caused you loss of earnings or missed business opportunities, we’ll help you plan a financial budget that will recover these losses.

Contact us today

Contact our team today to set up a meeting at any of our nationwide offices. Call us on 0370 1500 100.

Recent work

High Court libel claim

Represented an ex-MP in a libel claim against his successor in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Phone Hacking

Represented victims of phone hacking (including some high profile individuals) by News of the World.

High Court copyright case

Winning a five day trial in the High Court for a defendant that had allegedly wrongfully repudiated a copyright license.


Acting for individuals in respect of harassment (which often overlaps with defamation and privacy type claims).

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