Defamation and Privacy

If someone has made defamatory remarks about you or your business then it is understandable that you will want to seek expert guidance on your options. In the internet age, any such comments can spread quickly and have the potential to damage your standing and lose your company money.

At Carter Lemon Camerons, our experienced team can offer advice on defending your reputation and resolving the matter as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible.

We also represent clients in cases where their privacy has been breached. Once again, this can be a very distressing and costly experience, so it is important to seek expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Typical Work

  • Protecting information and assets and responding quickly and effectively if these have been breached
  • Compensation for breaches of privacy
  • Harassment and blackmail
  • Protect reputations from libel and slander
  • Internet and social media usage
  • Online exploitation of creative content.

Meet the team

Partner - Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

The Legal 500: Recommended lawyer 2020Seamus Smyth is head of litigation and arbitration. His practice is primarily commercial with an emphasis on arbitration, financial services and work for South African and Italian clients.


His reported cases include RH Green & Silley Weir v BR (limitation period against 3rd party), de Bry v Fitzgerald (security for costs), Hartt v Newspaper Publishing (libel concerning a work by Michelangelo), Pearson v Sanders Witherspoon (valuation of loss of chance), Siebe Gorman v Pneupac (status of consent orders), Senate Electrical v NTL (liability of an employee for acquisition warranties) and Bendell v Smith & Others (a successful recovery action by a lender on a shared appreciation mortgage equity release – the only such case to go to trial).

Recently involved in enforcement of foreign arbitration awards, claims arising from the banking upheavals since 2007, a successful claim against a high street bank resulting from a banking error and a successful claim against estate administrators and their solicitors for wasting the estate funds on irresponsible litigation.


Educated (BA, LLB, Wits) and first qualified as an attorney in South Africa, he requalified in England in 1977, took an LLM at UCL and a Diploma in International Arbitration at QM, and became an FCIArb. He is chairman of the British South African Law Association (for the second time), chairman of Michaelhouse UK Trust, chairman of Global Leadership Foundation (UK), a former President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and Trustee and President of Town Malling Cricket Club (established in 1827!).  He was until 2012 a Visiting Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Arbitration at London Metropolitan University.  When work and domesticity permit he plays some cricket and more golf (but – which is immediately obvious – not nearly enough).

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