Libel is a from of defamation. Defamation is when someone damages your reputation by saying, writing, or broadcasting something that makes people think badly of you or your business. There are two types of defamation: libel and slander. Libel covers permanent publications – so this means written allegations, such as those published in magazines and newspapers, those posted on a website, or allegations broadcast on radio or television. Any attack on your reputation is unpleasant and stressful, and legal advice from an expert barrister can help you decide how to proceed.

There is no need for you to pay for a solicitor or wait whilst your solicitor passes your case onto a barrister. We will find you a barrister who is an expert in your case and you can deal directly with your barrister throughout – no middle man. And we don’t want you to worry about escalating legal fees, so we will always tell you an upfront quote for the work your barrister will do right at the outset.

It should be noted that the limitation period for most defamation cases is one year from the date the cause of action accrues.

Future Focus: although you have rights now, the Defamation Bill 2012-13 in its current form will likely offer you or your family greater protection from comments posted on someone else's website.