Reputation protection

‘Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended.’

Benjamin Franklin

Defamatory, false and malicious allegations can cause serious harm to a personal reputation or a professional brand, whether hurled across the boardroom table, tweeted over the Internet or published in national newspapers.


The law of defamation provides remedies against those who publish material that wrongfully lowers a reputation in the estimation of right-thinking people in society. Defamatory allegations may be those which, for example, attack professionalism, morality, competence or ethics.

Malicious falsehood

Some statements, while not defamatory, can still be false and damaging and cause actual loss.

How we can help

Our team has considerable experience across all aspects of defamation - libel and slander - and malicious falsehood. We advise clients on remedies available pre or post publication, whether in traditional publications such as national newspapers or published online.

We will:

  • advise on claims arising from published material;
  • advise on the risk of legal action on any material you wish to publish;
  • secure the removal from online publications of false and defamatory content;
  • obtain retractions, clarifications and apologies in print-edition publications, online and/or from non-mainstream publishers;
  • obtain undertakings from third-parties not to repeat false and defamatory allegations; and
  • issue or defend proceedings and represent you in court.  

If you have any reputational or privacy concerns, please contact the Media & Reputation team.

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