Defamation in British Columbia

  • Recorded on: March 29, 2022

  • Length: 60 minutes


Lawyer Daniel Coles answers common questions about defamation, including what it is and what you can do about it. Learn the essentials of defamation law in British Columbia.


In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What defamation is. [3:30]

  • The difference between libel and slander. [7:45]

  • The defences to defamation, from truth to fair comment to responsible communication (among others). [11:20]

  • The interplay between the right to freedom of speech and protections from defamation. [27:05]

  • What options are available if your ex posts lies about you on Facebook. [30:50]

  • What to do if you think you have a claim for defamation. [34:30]

  • What to do if you’ve written letters and nothing has changed, and when you should see a lawyer. [37:20]

  • What to do if you can’t afford a lawyer. [39:50]

  • What a “SLAPP suit” is. [41:35]

  • What to do if you’ve been accused of defamation. [44:35]

  • Whether you can be sued for leaving a negative review of a company. [47:20]

  • Whether you can be sued for leaving a review on RateMDs, the website for reviewing medical professionals. [50:25]

  • Tips for representing yourself in court in a defamation claim where you have documented false and defamatory statements made against you. [52:00]

  • Whether it would be considered libel if someone slanders you, knowing that another person is recording the exchange and will publish it to another person. [54:30]


Daniel Coles

Daniel Coles

Dan is litigation shareholder (partner) at Owen Bird, a mid-sized law firm in downtown Vancouver. He enjoys a broad practice representing and advising clients from a variety of industries with an emphasis on construction litigation, media and defamation law, and assisting licensees in the hospitality industry. Dan is the author of Alcohol & Advocacy, an award-winning blog that considers development in the law concerning the sale, manufacture, and consumption of alcohol.

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