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Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer. I will be the lawyer working with you today.Sorry to hear of the issue. I will set out my written answer shortly.
You may have a case against your ex if your reputation has been damaged. In UK law, a defamation claim requires that someone has either verbally said something (slander), or written something (libel) which was untrue and they knew it to be untrue - with the intention to damage your reputation. The untrue comments have to be brought to a third party’s attention to qualify. There is a defence if the person who made the comments can prove the comments were true, or they held an honest belief their comments were true. So there is a high evidential burden to prove defamation - meaning a lengthy court case.
And the person who defamed you needs the means to pay any court judgment which is another consideration - it is all well and good to sue but ultimately if they have no money then it would be a pyrrhic victory and not worth going to the time and expense in my view.
You can claim for any financial loss incurred such as lost business, lots future job prospects and anything else reasonably incurred.
The limitation period is only 1 year for a defamation claim, so you should ensure you issue the claim at court within a year of the incident.
To stop further damage you need to send them a cease and desist letter. A template “cease and desist” letter is available at https://www.lawdepot.co.uk/
These claims are complex with them being heard in the High Court so you would be well advised to instruct a firm on a no win no fee basis - a few do offer this so you would not have to pay anything up front. Here are examples of law firms who could help you with this :
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