Defamation and social media expert lawyers. Best defamation solicitor

Internet Law Specialists Lawyers FREE CALL 0800 612 7211

Recently removed from the internet

Law Society Awards winners. Cohen Davis

What our clients say...
"guidance is beyond the value of any fees paid"
“Thank you for everything you have done so far, your assistance and guidance is far... Read More...
Contact our super friendly Social Media lawyers today!

Click HERE to Call Free for immediate help! 0800 612 7211


Every situation is different so by far the best way to find out how to respond to a social media legal issue is to speak to those who are most likely to have dealt with a situation similar to yours.
To find out how you can improve your reputation on the internet simply select one of the easy methods of contacting us.

Please use the form below to contact us.
We will respond as soon as possible.


Or you can call us on our free hotline.

FREEPHONE  0800 612 7211

(+) 44 207 183 4 123 from outside the UK.

Or if you prefer you can email us to helpline (at)

TheInternet LawCentre

Privacy injunction online harassment. The case of DDF

Harassment injunction lawyer

"When harassment occurs on social media we will obtain an injunction, anonymise our client and allow her to continue with uninterrupted use of her social media account."

This can be particularly beneficial if you are a celebrity or if you depend on the social media account for work.

Protection from Harassment and a privacy injunction obtained by Cohen Davis in favour of our client in the case of DDF v YYZ (unreported, 5 June 2015).

In the case of DDF v YYZ, Cohen Davis obtained an injunction against an unknown Instagram user who harassed and cyberbully our client via the social media website Instagram. Our client, who we anonymised in the court order, was working in the entertainment industry and was relying on Instagram for his work as well as for personal communications.

He had had many thousands of Instagram followers and having been harassed on social media for a long period of time, he decided to do something many celebrities hadn’t dare before him and to fight back rather than follow the routine police advice to suspend or close down his social media account. This decision had clearly paid off.

On this occasion, the online harassment against our client took the shape of a very large number of harassing messages sent through various Instagram accounts from an unknown user or users, including threats to make false complaints that he had committed serious sexual offences, and threats to disclose purported private information in the form of intimate photographs.

Before proceeding to discover the identity of the social media users who harassed our client through information, which Instagram had no objection to hand over, it was more urgent to obtain an injunction that will prevent further harassing postings by the Instagram troll. In a hearing, in private, on Friday 5 June 2015, Cohen Davis persuaded the court to make provisions to anonymise our client and to protect the court and hearing papers so that his identity can never be revealed.

The Judge, Nicol J gave an ex tempore judgment. The privacy injunction was granted under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and it included prohibitions against further disclosure of private information about our client. Both the fact that we, at that stage, did not know the real identity of the harassing person, and the nature of the threats involved meant that it was just, convenient and appropriate that the injunction was granted prior to us notifying the harassing Instagram user of the proceedings.

Having granted the injunction, the Judge made an historic court order under CPR 6.15 to permit Cohen Davis to serve the injunction, the restraining order and any other legal papers on the harassing Instagram user via their active Instagram account through which we sent messages which contained texts and specially formatted images of the injunction.

In fact, this was the first time that a court in England and Wales, or in the wider common law world, had made an order permitting service of an harassment injunction via Instagram. Our client’s decision to allow us to obtain an injunction instead of simply giving in to the internet troll and closing his Instagram account had paid off as the harassment stopped and our client managed to continue to operate his social media account uninterrupted.

Pin It
Stopping internet harassment
Remove defamation legal advice
Unmasking Internet Trolls
Search the entire site

Remove private information from the internet
Online harassment injunction - case study
Explore this topic!
Our work featured on

    Internet defamation lawguardian remove images from the internet Amazon specialist lawyer

Our clients speak out
"... in-depth knowledge about social media...”
"Yair has more in-depth knowledge about social media, defamation, and SEO than any... Read More...
"Polite, helpful and a pleasure to speak to..."
“The service and advice given was of good quality. Unfortunately the subject I was... Read More...
"...a safe pair of hands to be in during difficult times"
"As a happy client I would like to offer this recommendation for your website. I have... Read More...
"in-depth knowledge and capabilities"
“Want to take this moment and thank you to the entire team and to Yair especially for... Read More...
"Excellent service"
“Thank you Yair for an excellent service. Your attention to detail and approachable... Read More...
"I was retaining their services all the way from the USA"
“I was directed to the Cohen Davis Team from another defamation lawyer in the USA who... Read More...

online defamation legal advice

Internet Law Blog
Remove porn images and videos from the internet
How to remove nude images and videos from the internet. Often, models and performers who previously appeared on nude or... Read More...
Online harassment legal advice
Victims of online harassment, intimidation, and defamation often feel hopeless and powerless to act. In many instances they feel... Read More...
How to Remove False and Defamatory Reviews
Questions about defamatory online reviews Many people genuinely believe and even insist that review websites are there to... Read More...