Defamation Privacy & Harassment
Hallmark Solicitors are experts in the field of defamation, privacy and harassment cases.
We understand how damaging and distressing this type of case can be to both individuals and commercial clients alike.
Defamation involves the publication of words to third parties either in written form (which is known as libel) or spoken form (which is known as slander). These words must damage the reputation of the subject of those words, or expose them to hatred or ridicule.
You only have one year from the date of publication to bring a claim for defamation, after which time your opportunity to bring such a claim will be lost. If you think that you have a defamation case then you should act quickly and seek legal advice as a matter of urgency.
Many people are the subject of harassment on various levels including via the internet, by telephone and in person. Broadly, harassment involves alarming a person or causing them distress.
We have particular expertise in identifying the perpetrators of anonymous online publications intended to harass and defame our clients through the use of “Blaney” injunctions which can often be served using social media and which compel the publisher of online material to identify themselves to the High Court.
Harassment is actionable in civil law (often through obtaining an injunction and also through criminal law as harassing someone can also amount to a criminal offence.
At Hallmark, we are highly experienced in identifying perpetrators and putting in place a strategy that stops the harassment and obtains peace of mind for the client.
Our solicitors are very experienced at dealing with matters concerning personal privacy.
Many people believe that privacy relates to defamation, because the information that the client is seeking to protect could often be viewed negatively by the public.
In fact, it rarely does, particularly given that in cases where the client wants an injunction to prevent publication, this has not been possible with defamation cases since 1891 !!
Instead, the Human Rights Act is used – this act broadly states that everyone is entitled to a private and family life and that information about an individual’s home or family life, intimate conversations, details of sexual relationships (even adulterous relationships), medical and financial information and details of an individual’s health should remain private unless a court states that the information relates to a matter of public interest, is already in the public domain or is trivial.
Should you need advice in this area, then please call us for a no-obligation consultation on 01482 616 616.