Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation


Defamation is defined as a statement made to third parties about another party, which causes them loss or harm. A defamatory statement can be made in writing (libel) or orally (slander). The most common defences to a defamation claim are that the statement made was true, or made with the mistaken belief that it was true.

Commercial defamation

In a commercial context, defamatory statements can potentially have a significant impact on a business’s ability to trade and, therefore, make them lose money. If you believe a party has made a defamatory statement, you may be entitled to seek recovery of all losses you have suffered as a result of the statement.

The most important step to take if you believe a defamatory statement has been made is to obtain legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Early steps will increase your chances of proving your claim.

McHale & Co are here to help

We have the expertise to provide you with realistic and commercially sound advice as to what steps to take if a defamatory statement has been made against you or your business. There are a number of ways, as well as compensation for damages and legal costs, that can help ensure you are adequately covered against defamation, including:

  • Injunctions preventing further allegations

  • Removal of allegations

  • A formal apology

If you believe that a defamatory statement has been made which has affected you or your business, please contact us either by calling us on 0161 928 3848, or by submitting an online enquiry form.