One false statement is all it takes for your good name to be damaged, potentially leading to reputational harm, financial losses and emotional distress.
At Gibson & Associates LLP, we understand just how devastating this can be. Any slight on your character is hard to bear – especially when the claims simply aren’t true.
If you’re in this position, you could be entitled to pursue a defamation case. This gives you the chance to seek a retraction of the statement, along with financial damages and a public apology.
Defamation cases arise for all sorts of reasons. Whether you have been wrongly accused of shoplifting, fraud or some other unethical behaviour, we can help restore your reputation.
Our Defamation Solicitors
We are well experienced in providing advice and guidance for a defamation case:
You may have grounds for a defamation case if:
- False statements about you have been published or spoken; and
- These false statements were read or heard by other people; and
- You have suffered reputational damage as a result
Our defamation solicitors offer practical legal advice to those whose name or reputation has been undermined. We can confirm whether you have been the victim of defamation.
If so, we will seek a resolution on your behalf. Our aim is to reach an out-of-court settlement. If this proves unsuccessful, we will take your case to the High Court, working to get the justice you deserve.
Defamation cases must be made within one year of the defamatory act, so it is better to contact us sooner rather than later.
Our litigation team is here to help you no matter where in Ireland you’re based.
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Litigation Services FAQs
What is the most common defense to a defamation claim?
The best defense against a defamation case (really against most things) is the truth. Truth is an absolute defense to defamation – if your statement was true, it cannot be the grounds for a successful defamation claim against you.
How to make a defamation complaint
A lawsuit can be filed if you believe someone has made a defamatory statement about you. Defamation hearings in the High Court are sometimes held with a jury. You must generally make a claim within one year of the defamatory statement being issued.
Who bears the burden of proof in a defamation case?
The burden in question here can also be characterised as the “presumption of falsity” burden – that is, a defamatory imputation is presumed to be false and the burden of showing that it is substantially true is upon the defendant.
What is the law for defamation in Ireland?
You can take legal action against a person or corporation who makes a ‘defamatory statement’ to another person.
A defamatory statement is a statement that reasonable members of society would think damages your reputation. A statement is not defamatory if it is true or substantially true. Formore information visit the citizen information pageon defamation.
Since the Defamation Act 2009, ‘defamation’ has replaced both ‘slander’ and ‘libel’.
Why Choose Gibson & Associates LLP?
You and your circumstances are unique – your solicitor should be too. You will be assigned a dedicated point of contact who will take charge of your case from start to finish – this person will never change.
Our solicitors put their clients at the heart of everything they do and work tirelessly to get you the best results. We treat clients the way we would like to be treated – for us, ‘good enough’ just isn’t good enough! Call us now on +353 (0)1 264 5555.