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Have you suffered any sort of loss as a result of this please?
Damage to my impeccable reputation and damage to my car however I have sinced scrapped the car as it was old. My agency have washed their hands of the whole thing as one of the neighbours is also a Foster carer working for the same agency.
Its a mixture of news.
You can bring a claim if you have suffered loss of reputation
However the bad news is that this is a long process and very expensive
For a statement to be defamatory the imputation must tend to lower the claimant in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally
Even if the words damage a person in the eyes of a section of society or the community, they are not defamatory unless they amount to a disparagement of the reputation in the eyes of right-thinking people generally.
There are several fences which are:
- Fair comment
If a party can prove that the defamatory statement is an expression of opinion on a matter of public interest and not a statement of fact, he or she can rely on the defence of fair comment.
If untrue defamatory allegations are published on an occasion of privilege, they will be protected from a claim for defamation.
Proceedings would need to be issued in the High Court and are very specialised
You would need to instruct a specialist Solicitor and Barrister to represent you, because the hearing would be in the High Court and in front of a jury,
The costs for a fully contested claim is likely to be in excess of £15,000. If you win then you would be able to ask for costs back, if you lose then the rule is generally you would be liable for costs of the other side.
Legal aid is very unlikely to be available which means you would have to pay for this yourself
I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
No thanks Forgive forget and move on I guess, as I dont have that amount of money.
Yes I am sorry it is not better news
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