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A person's reputation, (or the reputation of their business) is valuable and important. When someone says something that harms the reputation of you or your business, it can have serious consequences. There are two types of defamation in UK law, slander (spoken) and libel (written).
What is slander?
Slander is something untrue and damaging which is said about you by somebody else, but it can also include gestures. The slander must be said to someone other than you.
A statement is considered to be slanderous if it:
- exposes you to contempt, ridicule or hatred;
- causes you to be shunned or avoided; or
- makes people think less of you.
If you want to bring a claim against someone for slandering you, it is important that you act very quickly. This is because the time limits are tight, and you have only one year from the date of the publication of the slanderous statement to start a claim in Court. It is very unusual for this time limit to be extended, but it is possible in certain circumstances.
It can be difficult to prove that you have been slandered, as the untrue statement about you has not been recorded in a permanent form. It is important to speak to witnesses as quickly as possible and to take statements from them, confirming what has been said about you.
The law on slander says that you have to prove that you have suffered financial loss as a result of the slander. Examples of this would be losing your job and having to claim benefits, not being able to use facilities that you have paid for such as a gym or club, having to find alternative more expensive accommodation or losing business.
If someone has slandered you, you can claim damages and an apology from them.
Slander law is very specialised and it is important that you establish with the help of an expert at an early stage, whether or not you have a valid clam.
At Samuels Solicitors, based in Barnstaple North Devon, we specialise in helping clients from all over the UK with their slander claims. We try wherever possible to make sure that our clients can have access to justice and manage our legal fees, by offering flexible funding options, which include no win no fee (conditional fee) arrangements.
Contact us today for a no obligation, free discussion about how we can help.