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Defamation & Reputational Damage

The last five years has seen tremendous growth in the use of social media platforms, online review sites and digital publications of all kinds.

Ease of access to wide-scale publication, the relative anonymity of online posting and an often casual attitude to the truth, has meant that as well as this growth in use, recent years have also seen an increase in defamation – particularly social media defamation.

These kinds of reputational issues can cause serious harm to businesses and individuals and action often needs to be taken quickly to mitigate its impact.

If you’re worried about defamation and reputational damage, or would like to make sure you have some safeguards in place, we can help.

Our Dispute Resolution Team are experts in the law of defamation and have a great deal of experience guiding clients through challenging situations.

Whether you’re a high-profile individual, a social influencer, PR agency, small business or large corporation – the publication of defamatory allegations or statements, or private and confidential information, can cause massive reputational harm and financial damage.   Although hard to quantify, the effects of this can be potentially devastating.

That’s why we believe it’s important to take proactive steps to protect your information and limit damage where there has been (or there is the threat of) reputational harm.

We can help you guard against these kinds of threats and we can put in place a plan so that should the worst happen, we can respond quickly and effectively to limit or prevent as much damage as possible.

Our team of specialists will be able to help with a ‘serious harm’ test assessment as well as providing a resolution strategy that’s tailored completely to your own needs and the circumstances of your case. We’ll always take into account any associated public relations and commercial considerations.

We take a collaborative approach to our work and when necessary, we draw on expertise from other practice areas including our corporate, commercial, technology, intellectual property, sports and regulatory teams.

Our defamation lawyers have advised international, national and regional clients in the areas of defamation (including social media defamation), privacy and reputation management for both contentious and non-contentious matters.