NSW Defamation by Lawyer - Will Suing Him Affect His Profession?

Discussion in 'Defamation Law Forum' started by ads1212, 28 August 2018.

  1. ads1212

    ads1212 Active Member

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    Hi,

    Without going into details, I believe I have been defamed by a person who is a work colleague and a practicing lawyer (I am not a lawyer). His emailed communication, which is not true, cc’d to other employees, created in our workplace and not part of any legal case, etc, has belittled me, caused me hurt and humiliation.

    I am currently researching whether I should sue him for defamation.

    My question is, if it is proven, could that legal decision affect his right to continue as a corporate lawyer? In other words could a civil court defamation decision against him affect his right to practice law in the workplace?
     
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    Short answer - maybe.

    Inhouse corporate lawyers have a practising certificate and that can be at risk. Without details it is impossible to comment further, and not appropriate in a forum such as this.

    Note that defamation is a specialist area and not suitable for DIY.

    You haven't said what State you are in however many states have a short statute of limitations period of 12 months for starting a defamation proceeding after the offending publication has been made.
     
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