Free Cease and Desist Letter before Action

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The following link takes you to a basic outline of a cease and desist letter (otherwise known as a letter before action) in relation to defamatory content that has been posted online:

Online Defamation Letter Before Action (Template)

Depending on the circumstances, if the wording and the tone of such a letter are right then the threat of legal action is often enough to settle the dispute and avoid the need for any further litigation.  In the UK, a letter before claim must comply with the relevant Pre-Action Protocol of the Civil Procedure Rules, such that it must include (among other things) a summary of the facts, what you want from the party you are claiming from, a list of the key documents you’ll use to support your case and a reasonable deadline for a response (usually 28 days).

DISCLAIMER: This agreement may not be suitable for your circumstances and we recommend you seek legal advice before using it. Jonathan Lea Limited does not take any responsibility for any events that arise as a result of your use of this document. 

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