“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” That's all very well in the playground, but words do hurt and can be damaging personally, professionally and financially.
Free speech is not free. There is a price to pay for it, and that price can be your or your company's reputation. False allegations of incompetence, corruption, or infidelity can be devastating and anyone affected will want those allegations corrected - and fast. Only a tiny percentage of libel actions end up in a fully-fledged trial and often cases can be settled amicably. But the right approach is vital, and Amber's experience in, approach to and relationships with the media can pay dividends.
! If you are the subject of a false and damaging publication - or have been accused of damaging the reputation of another - get advice as soon as possible. While the law provides one year from the date of the publication to make a complaint through the courts, delay is not advised. A reputation is valuable and it needs protecting straight away.