What to Expect When Working with a Defamation Solicitors in Dublin
What to Expect When Working with a Defamation Solicitors in Dublin

Defamation cases* typically deal with instances where false statements have been made about a person which results in damage to their reputation. If you find yourself in a situation where you have been defamed and your reputation damaged, you should instruct a defamation solicitor.

Court proceedings may be necessary to obtain compensation. However, this process can be daunting. Having a solicitor to advise you and knowing what to expect can help you make the right decision and alleviate any stress. Below is what you can expect working with a defamation solicitor.

How much will it cost?

One of the first questions is naturally how much the service of a solicitor will cost. Generally you will not need to pay any money upfront, especially if you have a strong or straightforward case. Some legal firms work on a contingency basis which means that you only pay if you win or settle your case and receive damages. It is essential to go through the terms of payment with a defamation solicitor in advance.

Evidence Gathering

Although it is a good idea to take all your evidence and information with you to the initial consultation, your solicitor will gather all of the evidence required. Defamation cases are fact-driven, so full details of the defamatory words spoken / published are crucial.

Why it is important to instruct a specialist defamation solicitor?

Strategy and Knowledge – It is essential that your solicitor is aware of the steps to take after a person is defamed. It is also important that your solicitor is experienced and well-versed in defamation legislation and the rules governing the court process. It is not unusual for a claim to be dismissed due to delay etc.

In addition, your solicitor will instruct an expert defamation barrister to advise you and assess the value of damages to compensate you adequately for the damage to your reputation.


The majority of defamation cases settle before the case goes to trial. Your solicitor and barrister will guide you through the settlement negotiations with the other side.


If a settlement cannot be reached, your case will proceed to trial. Your solicitor and barrister will explain and take you through the court process.


A typical defamation case will require an initial consultation with a solicitor (as early as possible), the gathering of evidence and essential work by your solicitor and barrister. In all cases, a defamation solicitor gives you the best chance of winning your case and negotiating compensation for you. If you would like to speak to a specialist defamation solicitor, please contact Niall Kiernan on 01 8725255 or niall@lawlorpartners.ie .

* In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.