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Wrongly circulated as wanted by the press

Has it been misreported that you are linked to a criminal investigation?  Has your photograph been published next to an article that has nothing to do with you?

The media can perform a valuable role in the detection of crime. However, sometimes they can get it badly wrong. There have been numerous instances of newspapers using the wrong photograph or personal details in connection with an article covering a criminal investigation or prosecution. This will often be as a result of a simple mistake: photographs getting mixed up or a journalist getting confused between individuals with the same or similar names. Sometimes blame may lie with the police instead of, or as well as, the media.

Sloppy journalism can be ruinous. Being branded a criminal in a newspaper and online can have a devastating impact on your reputation. In some instances (e.g. where you are accused of sexual offences) it may even put you in physical danger. It is important to act quickly to limit the damage and to seek vindication.

At Brett Wilson LLP we have experts who can help and advise you on the merit of prospective claims for defamation, misuse of private information and harassment against the press and/or the police.

We can assist with the following:

  • Seeking the urgent removal of content online


  • Published apologies, corrections and statements in open court
  • Undertakings not to republish
  • Compensation

If liability is denied or quantum cannot be agreed we can issue proceedings on your behalf seeking damages, an injunction and legal costs.

Why should I instruct Brett Wilson LLP

Defamation law can be notoriously expensive.  We are confident our charges represent excellent value for money, particularly for a specialist field practised by relatively few solicitors.  Our work is of the highest standard.  Every case we handle has partner involvement.  We are well-respected by media practitioners.  As well as being listed in the prestigious Legal 500 directory as a leading firm in the field of defamation law and privacy law, every solicitor in the media law department is recommended by the directory.  Equally, the firm is ranked as a leading firm by Chambers & Partners for defamation and reputation management work, with Iain Wilson and Max Campbell individually recognised.  Most importantly, we achieve positive results for our clients and excellent feedback.

Litigation can be costly.  Therefore at the outset of your case we will conduct a cost benefit analysis with you (for example, if your case succeeded would your opponent able to pay any judgment or costs order?)  We will talk you through this process. We offer honest and pragmatic advice to our clients.  We will always consider alternative options, including other causes of action (such as harassment and the misuse of private information) and approaching intermediaries.

Contact our defamation lawyers

To arrange a consultation with one of our defamation lawyers, or to find out how we can support you, please send us an emailcomplete our online enquiry form or call us on 020 3468 2645.

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