Defamation Disputes

If someone lowers your reputation by publishing an article, report, broadcast or social media post then legal action may be required to vindicate your reputation. 

The purpose of defamation is not only to set right your reputation but also to provide consolation for the injury where this may be done by awarding damages. 

Potential Scenarios - Libel, Slander and Defamation Disputes

Defamation Disputes About: -

  • Removal of content from social media.
  • Requesting an apology for the publication of a defamatory matter.
  • Whether something more than an apology is needed e.g. damages.
  • The role of the Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) including the removal of the distinction between libel and slander etc.

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  • Know whether or not you have standing to sue.
  • Try and identify the defendant where a pseudonym was used to publish the offensive material.
  • Understand the elements of defamation.
  • Determine whether the "disparaging material" conveys defamatory imputations and if that would cause the community to think less of you.
  • Consider the limitation periods that apply to your defamation case.
  • Think about the likely defences that may apply to a claim for defamation.
  • Look at other types of relief that may apply under the legislation or common law.
  • Work out ways to remove the defamatory publication (if possible) and ask for an apology (if applicable).
  • Prepare a "concerns notice" or respond to one.

Our defamation lawyers can advise you on:- the basics of defamation, whether you can sue for defamation, the defences to defamation, the damages for defamation, defamation and other causes of action, injunctive relief for defamation such as removing content from social media, and misleading or deceptive conduct

* This content does not purport to give legal advice. Readers must obtain their own legal advice, that applies to the particular circumstances of their case, before taking any action at all.