If you are facing defamation, harassment or privacy issues you can be confident that our specialist lawyers have the experience and expertise to act swiftly and discreetly to prevent damage to your reputation or protect you as a victim of harassment.
We provide effective, sensitive advice to individuals, organisations and companies. Our clients include members of the House of Lords, celebrities, singers, business people, company directors, professionals, charities and housing associations.
We are always mindful of the fact that defamation, harassment and privacy issues can be highly sensitive and need to be dealt with decisively. Our approach is to act quickly and discreetly, aiming to settle any issues without recourse to legal action, so that you don’t have to face the distress, cost and publicity of a court hearing, unless it is absolutely necessary.
Our solicitors maintain excellent working relationships with expert cyber investigators and specialist defamation barristers.
Please call our dedicated Hotline for confidential advice or information on any harassment-related matter.
020 7429 3906 — Lines open 9am–9pm — 7 days a week
Although we are based in the City of London we act for clients throughout England and Wales.
Neumans LLP, 11 Pilgrim Street, London EC4V 6RN
Harassment, Defamation and Breach of Privacy
Our civil harassment work, under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 is often tied in to other causes of action such as defamation and breach of privacy. We often act for ‘household names’ including celebrities and parliamentarians. Much of our work is conducted and settled without the client having to face the distress, costs and publicity of court hearings.
It is often tactically beneficial to stop breaches of privacy and defamatory publications by obtaining an injunction using the Harassment Act and/or using harassment as (properly justified) further cause of action.
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
Civil harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (Harassment Act) prohibits a person (or group of persons) from knowingly pursuing a course of conduct of harassment of another person (or group of persons).
A course of conduct is defined as harassment on more than one occasion.
Section 3 of the Harassment Act creates a claim in civil proceedings by the victim or potential victim. This usually manifests itself as an application for an injunction, damages and costs in the County or High Court.
In civil proceedings the standard of proof is on a balance of probabilities (rather than the higher criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt).
A successful claim for harassment can result in an injunction, damages and legal costs. A breach of an injunction order may result in the guilty party being held in contempt of court or facing a criminal charge.
Delivered fantastic results on a harassment problem
Alex Reid (Celebrity)