Defamation

Child & Child understands that untrue statements made about an individual or company can cause serious harm to a reputation. It is often necessary to take swift action in such cases, as statements spread quickly, particularly via social media.

A legal action for Defamation or Malicious Falsehood may arise where damaging statements are made about companies by their competitors or aggrieved commercial partners.  

In respect of individuals, a private dispute that escalates into a war of words, or the breakdown of a relationship, may cause one party to defame or harass the other.

We are able to advise on the following:

  • Statements attacking a reputation – including Defamation and Malicious Falsehood
  • Unauthorised disclosure of secrets
  • Breach of privacy
  • Hate mail and offensive messages
  • Harassment, Trolling and Cyber-bullying
  • Revenge Porn

Recent cases in which Child & Child’s lawyers acted:

  • Advising the husband in divorce proceedings, in relation to very damaging comments made about him and his company, on his Facebook page, by his soon-to-be ex-wife.
  • Successfully defending an online retailer against claims of defamation, malicious falsehood, passing-off, misrepresentation and cybersquatting, in a dispute with a competitor.
  • Securing undertakings relating to the deletion of private and intimate images that would have been very harmful to an individual if made public.
  • Advising clients in respect of online abuse (trolling); breach of privacy and exploitation of confidential content.