Defamation is the publication to a third party of a statement about you which has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to your reputation. Like any lawsuit, defamation cases turn on evidence.
The defamatory publication will either be a libel, a defamatory publication which is permanent, or a slander which relates to more transient publications, principally spoken words or even physical gestures.
Any person, company or other legal body involved in publishing the defamatory material can be sued in libel or slander. Typically, defamation plaintiffs must prove material harm such as lost wages, or business decline. In addition to compensation, a plaintiff can seek to have a false statement retracted or a public apology issued.
There has been a surge in the incidence of internet defamation with businesses increasingly using social media, such as Facebook, as a mainstream marketing channel. The use of these medium’s does not give others a free pass to publish defamatory material or make false statements without consequence.
Corporate and Commercial Law
Depending on a client’s business strategies and goals, our firm aims to support our corporate clients in a way that makes the most sense for their business. Whether the project requires a team of transactional lawyers, filling a gap in a client’s in-house team or answering a specific question, we work directly with our clients to ensure that they have the support for success at all stages of the business cycle. We understand that over the years, the needs and expectations of our corporate clients has changed and we strive to add value by understanding our clients’ business intentions and ambitions across all areas of business transactions.
Our firm understands that any aspect of family law proceedings can be taxing on all parties involved especially when there are children of the relationship. Therefore, we work to achieve your goals to obtain the paramount financial position with the least emotional expense to you. We appreciate that extended litigation in this area is not preferable but in some instances may be the only alternative where an amicable resolution cannot be achieved. For this reason, we vigorously prepare every matter to ensure that your interests are protected throughout the proceedings.
Will dispute & probate
A Will is a legal document that clearly sets out your wishes for the distribution of your assets after your death. In order to receive the grant of Probate for the distribution of your estate, the Supreme Court in your relevant State requires the original document. In the event you do not have a Will, or the Will cannot be located at the time of your death, your estate may be divided according to a Government formula which may not reflect your wishes. We also recommend that the same consideration be given to your life planning intentions with respect to appointing a power of attorney to manage your financial affairs on your behalf in the event you are unable or unavailable to manage such affairs and an enduring guardian in relation to lifestyle and medical decisions in the event that you suffer an accident or illness.