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Defamation Lawyers

If you have been a victim of defamation (slander or libel), you may have a defamation case worth pursuing. Our Sydney defamation lawyer, Terence Goldberg can help you investigate your situation and if reputational damage has occurred.

What is Defamation?

Defamation occurs when something is communicated written, by words, photographs, radio, video, TV, internet, illustrations, magazines, emails, search engine results, text messages or other means, which has the effect or tendency of damaging the reputation of another.

The most common platform in the era of mobile technology for defamation to arise is the internet including social media. All aspects of the social media and internet can be used to publish defamatory matter, including comments in social media, blog posts and more.

Given the grown popularity and usage of search engines, social media platforms and networking sites, defamatory comments can have the capacity to spend far and wide incredibly quickly. Failure to act in a timely manner can increase the potential for damage, hence stopping any defamation and repairing any damage to your reputation is essential.

Turner Freeman currently has cases under way for clients who have been defamed on television, radio, in newspapers on the internet, and in correspondence.

Types of defamation

Defamation is grouped into two main kinds:

  • Slander – A false statement spoken orally damaging another’s reputation
  • Libel – A false statement in writing damaging another’s reputation

The most common form of defamation are written statements (libel) and can be found on various mediums such as newspapers/ magazine, comments on websites, blog posts and social media.

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.

Our Defamation Law Services

We are experienced in dealing with different forms of defamation:

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“Terry was there from start to end. I could call him at all times. He made it so easy for me to understand. At all times I was confident with how he was handling my case.”

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:

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