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In the UK, slander is not a criminal offence. However, Slander is a civil wrong. Therefore, a slanderer will be held liable for their actions, and you, as the victim, will have the right to take legal action against them and gain compensation for any losses.
Before making a slander claim, you must ensure your case meets any of the following criteria:
(a) The slander is presented as fact. This point means that the statement must have been made as fact, not as an opinion.
(b) The untrue statement is made through a third party.
(c) The statement should have caused ‘actual damage’ to the victim.
In most successful defamation claims, the following remedies may be available for you:
Damages. In slander cases, damages come in the form of compensatory and exemplary. Compensatory damages are money offered to the victim to compensate for any loss. In comparison, exemplary damages are a punishment to deter the defendant and anyone else from conducting similar behaviour.
Injunctions. Injunctions prevent the defendant from publishing any further defamatory material and can be put in place before, during, or after the trial.
It is highly recommended to have a solicitor assisting you in your case. Would you like me to provide details on how to locate one close to your home address?
To find a local solicitor within your area, you may visit the following website and use their search function: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk
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