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What is defamation?

Defamation is being subjected to slanderous, libellous or defamatory comments or publications that can tarnish a person's reputation.

Your reputation matters. In Australia, defamation law protects all living, natural citizens from false statements made about them in a public forum.

Can I claim for defamation of character?

You may be able to claim if you can show that you are the subject of a communication to a third party that contains false statements which damage your reputation.

If you have been defamed, you should seek legal advice immediately to prevent the further spread of the defamatory material and to repair any damage which has already been done to your reputation.

What if I am being accused?

If you have been accused of making a defamatory comment or publication, you should seek legal advice immediately as there may be consequences for not responding in an appropriate timeframe. 

Avoiding the cost and stress of having a matter brought before the Court is highly advisable and our lawyers can provide expert advice on ways in which appropriate outcomes can be negotiated, without the need to have a complaint heard in Court.

How do I avoid the risks?

If you are a business or individual with a public profile, the risks of being defamed and subjected to a claim are even higher. We provide a full suite of pre-publication review services to limit your exposure to unwanted claims and have an in-house media team that supports our lawyers.

We can help you

Our defamation lawyers have a proud history of protecting clients from reputational damage and advising on matters of reputational risk and can guide you in relation to your prospects of success in bringing or defending a claim.

We have acted for current and former members of federal parliament, alongside media & business figures and members of the public in many defamation cases.