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Can a claimant in a breach of contract and negligence claim obtain damages for loss of reputation?

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Published on LexisPSL on 04/11/2015

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a claimant in a breach of contract and negligence claim obtain damages for loss of reputation?
  • Damages for loss of reputation in tort
  • Damages for loss of reputation in contract

In some situations a claimant in a breach of contract and negligence claim can obtain damages for loss of reputation. However, the answer very much depends on the circumstances of the case.

Damages for loss of reputation in tort

The most obvious cases where a claimant will seek damages for loss of reputation is for the tort of defamation and malicious falsehood. General damages in defamation cases are awarded to compensate the claimant for the damage to his reputation, to vindicate his good name ('to nail the lie') and to compensate him for any distress, hurt and humiliation that the defamatory publication caused. You may find it useful to refer to our Practice Note: Defamation in relation to this.

In very limited circumstances (outside those noted above) damages for loss of reputation in tort are available. However, there appears to be no reported case (outside defamation and breach of confidence) in which a tort claimant has succeeded in recovering for loss of reputation. Most torts are aimed at compensating entirely different kinds of damage: an a

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