If someone has publicly damaged your reputation, or if you are being accused of having done this to someone else, we can help you!
Defamation occurs when one person communicates material that lowers the reputation of another and the person has no legal defence in doing so.
It might be a highly critical comment online, a slanderous comment made about them in a social or community group, or could even be something reported about them in the media which is simply not true and which paints them in a terrible light. In our increasingly digital age, where people often post ill-considered comments online, this is becoming an area of growing concern.
In NSW, this area is governed primarily by the Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) (“the Act”). It allows us to take some action when something with a defamatory imputation is “published” in a range of contexts, including an article, report, advertisement or other thing communicated by means of a newspaper, magazine or other periodical, television, radio, the internet or any other form of electronic communication. It can also occur in the context of a letter, note or other writing, a picture, gesture or something stated orally.
Defamation material is not always straightforward. For example, a Victorian man successfully sued Google in 2012 claiming that a search of his name brought up stories about an unsolved shooting causing damage to his reputation and leading him to be ostracised in his migrant community.
If you are looking for a Sydney Lawyer who has experience in Defamation law, or for further information in relation to any Defamation issues, please do not hesitate to contact any member of our Disputes Team.