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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Please provide some more details of your circumstances.
Thanks. What do you specifically want to know about this, please?
And you have evidence to back up anything you say?
Ok thanks. Defamation (which includes libel and slander) only occurs when the following elements are met:
1. There has to be a defamatory statement - the assessment that is often used to establish this is whether the statement tends to lower the claimant in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally
2. Its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant – this will vary based on what effect it will have but it really has to be something sufficiently serious
3. The statement has been published by the defendant to a third party
4. The claimant must prove that the words complained of were published about him - this should not be an issue if the claimant is named or clearly identified.
Truth is the ultimate defence to defamation so as long as something is truthful, it cannot be defamatory even if it damages their reputation. That won’t prevent them from playing dirty and starting court claims or engaging lawyers to make life difficult for you, even if the final outcome s in your favour.
Does this answer your query?
Then that would be alleged slander, but verbal statements are still considered ‘publication’
you certainly can, you can always reconsider your position in the future if needed
same as above - unlikely to be unlawful but won't stop them trying to challenge you in whatever way they choose
Legally, no you don't, but it may make them back off a bit if they know you are complying
No, not necessarily, I would also say that you are doing so in the interest of keeping things amicable for the purpose of negotiations, which implies that you reserve the right to potentially go back to it if things are not resolved
hah...it just it more personal for them probably
I would stick to allegations and statements you can back up with evidence, not just an opinion. It is unlikely they can argue you are breaching confidentiality terms and there is indeed a likely breach of contract on their part. It is also legal to agree to an NDA in exchange for a deal on the shares
Enjoy your Friday night and try not to think about it over the weekend!
You are most welcome