Defamation Lawyers in Germany

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Defamation Lawyers in Germany

Legal Solutions Made in Germany

In the age of social media, defamatory statements can have a lasting impact on a professional career and private life. However, it is not always easy to determine whether a statement is insulting, defamatory or even slanderous. Defamation, a term commonly used in legal discourse, refers to the act of making false statements about an individual or entity that harm their reputation. This harm can manifest in various ways, from damaging one’s personal or professional reputation to causing financial losses or emotional distress.

Even though the German Criminal Code provides fundamental formulas for defamation offences, this fact should not obscure that each of these offences consists of several inherently complex elements. Due to the constantly evolving case law, several “unwritten” aspects of the offence must be considered. Thus, a profound knowledge of German criminal law is necessary to assess the individual case correctly.

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte offers comprehensive legal support to victims of defamation offences. Whether out of court or in the context of a secondary or private action, our lawyers will represent you with a commitment to restore your good reputation and, if necessary, enforce claims for compensation for pain, suffering, and damages.

We offer skilled and committed defence services for persons confronted with allegations of a defamation offence. Moreover, German defamation law recognises certain defences against defamation claims, such as truth (Wahrheit), privilege (Schutzgesetz), and fair comment (zulässige Meinungsäußerung). These defences aim to strike a balance between protecting free speech and safeguarding individuals from unjustified attacks on their reputations.

With in-depth expertise and extensive experience, our legal team is ready to defend your rights as an accused person and ensure the best possible outcome. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly for specialised assistance.

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Our Services

Legal Consultation and Advisory Services
  • Compliance guidance re. complying with defamation laws and regulations
  • Internal policy and guideline development

  • Legal assessment of clients’ legal options
  • Risk evaluation to understand the potential legal consequences of specific actions
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  • Alternative dispute resolution: out-of-court settlements | arbitration
  • Appeals: Handling appeals or judicial review processes
  • Litigation strategy: Developing comprehensive strategies for defamation lawsuits

  • Negotiation: Negotiating settlements or resolutions with opposing parties