Overview

The law of defamation has been significantly reformed with the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013 which came into force on 1 January 2014. Our team of highly experienced defamation lawyers are adept at understanding and implementing the changes to the law and advise our clients on all aspects of the new Act.

We have a long and successful track record of bringing and defending defamation proceedings and providing practical and tailored commercial advice on resolving disputes, where possible, without the need for Court proceedings.

Our defamation and reputation management lawyers regularly work with corporate clients as well as high-profile individuals on all aspects of defamation, malicious falsehood and reputation issues. Our advice is shaped by a deep understanding of our clients’ sectors and backgrounds and the complex challenges they face.

Increasingly we are advising clients on dealing with reputation management issues online and specifically on social media. We advise on social media policies and are skilled at dealing with the various take down procedures that are used by social media sites and ISPs.

We also advise clients on their relationship with the press and where appropriate, advice on press complaints.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in defamation and reputation management includes the following:

  • Libel and slander.
  • Malicious falsehood.
  • Reputation management.
  • Press relations and complaints.
  • ISP and social media take down policies.
Experience

Advising the Met Office on an ongoing basis on reputation management and press relations issues.

Advising a well-known politician on a potential defamation claim against a national newspaper.

Representing a leading sporting organisation on a potential claim against an individual who was sending abusive and defamatory emails to senior staff and posting defamatory content on Facebook.

Advising a leading pet food manufacturer on its social media use and policing policy relating to potential defamatory content on Facebook and Twitter.

Advising a leading call centre operator on its relations with the press concerning it placing limits on the amount of time staff can take for comfort breaks.

Meet the team
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management

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