Our Defamation Lawyers – Their Approach
What is Defamation?
Defamation can be either in the form of libel and slander.
Libel is the publication of a defamatory statement in a permanent form such as books, magazine publications, newspaper publications, email, internet web pages, letters etc.
Slander is a defamatory statement in a transitory form; that is, when someone makes a defamatory statement when speaking to someone else. It could also be in the form of gestures.
What are the Consequnces of Defamation?
If you have had defamatory statements made against you or your company and broadcasted to a third party, you may sue the person who has made the defamatory statement.
In the converse, if you have allegedly published and broadcasted defamatory statements to a third party, you may be sued for defamation by the person at whom the statement was made.
As defamatory statements could cause negative publicity and loss in both reputation and/or income to a person or company, the person or the company allegedly defamed could seek through the Courts in Singapore:
Our Defamation Lawyers will advise you on whether the statement made or complained of is potentially defamatory, that is
Further, our Defamation Lawyers will advise you on the potential consequences of the defamation, that is
Our Defamation Lawyers will also advise you on the likely success of the claim in defamation by advising you on the defences that may be available to the person who has made and broadcasted the potentially defamatory statement.
There are 3 main defences that may be available in defamation claims. These are:
The person who has made the statement to show that the statement made is substantially true.
The person who has made the statement to show that the statement is an expression of opinion on a matter of public interest (and not a statement of fact).
The person who has made the statement to show that the statement is privileged. Statements are privileged if made in parliamentary proceedings, court proceedings or in circumstances made for the benefit of the public. There can be no investigation into whether remarks made in these situations are defamatory.