Proving Slander or Defamation
If you wish to file a defamation claim the Plaintiff must prove that:
- The communication has been published by the defendant; and
- The communication has been published to a third person; and
- The communication identifies or is about the plaintiff; and
- The communication is defamatory.
Defamation cases are extremely complex, which require the expert and professional legal assistance of our defamation claims expert.
Making a Defamation Claim in NSW
If you wish to make a defamation claim for reputational damages, the general rule in NSW is to submit a claim within 1 year of the event of defamation. Our defamation lawyer can help you put together a case or organise a settlement helping to ensure the spread of the defamatory material is stopped and you are compensated for any damages made to your reputation.
What if you have been falsely accused of defamation?
If you have been accused of defamation we highly recommend you seek legal advice immediately as cases like these can be time sensitive. Our Sydney defamation lawyer can help you put together a defence that can often be settled before a court trial is needed.
What can I do if someone defames me?
The Defamation Act 2005 sets out a policy for providing notice to an offender. This could involve requesting the removal of the content by a letter. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive after you have requested the removal of such content, you can make a defamation claim and possibly take a court action.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Defamation
Is it worth to sue for defamation?
If your reputation has been severely damaged and have caused significant financial loss, pursuing a defamation case could be worthwhile.
Is it hard to win a defamation case?
Defamation cases are extremely complex, which require the expert and professional legal assistance of our defamation claims expert. The difficulty of each case vary significantly.
What are examples of defamation?
Examples of defamation can include
- defamatory articles on newspaper or magazines
- defamatory comments on media sites
- defamatory blog posts
- defamatory posts on social media sites
- oral defamation/slander told at a meeting or party
Can defamation be verbal?
Yes. Oral defamation is called slander and can be used in a lawsuit. Verbal defamation made to friends or at a party are classed as defamation.
Contact your defamation experts today.
If you are seeking expert legal advice for defamation, turn to Turner Freeman Lawyers in Sydney. We have experienced defamation lawyers that can help if you are a victim or accused of defamatory material. Fill in our online form or call us today on 13 43 63.
Alternatively our defamation specialist can also travel to any of our New South Wales offices including: