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Thank you. Whilst this may have been a potential case of defamation (a false statement made by someone and communicated to a third party, which tends to damage the subject ‘s reputation or cause them losses), you are out of time to pursue it unfortunately. There is only a 1 year time limit to make a claim for defamation and if this happened in 2015, then you are out of time to submit such a claim now. SO you are legally prevented from taking it further because you had not done so within the strict limits required by law.
There are possibilities for potentially getting an extension to this, but they are quite rare and difficult to get. Usually it may be down to something like you not being in a position to make a claim due to illness, basically being incapacitated. It has to be something quite serious which actually prevented you from making a claim, not just because you were not feeling too well and could do without the stress of making a claim. So medical evidence will be required to show that you physically or mentally were in no position to make a claim and that now is the first opportunity you have had to do so. After that it is down to the court to decide whether to allow an extension of time or not
Did that period span the full 2 years though, since Aug 2015 until now?
Well, as mentioned there is a provision, specifically under section 32 of the Limitations Act 1980, which allows the courts to extend the limitation period. But this is not easy to do - it is a complex process and you need a sold argument. Whilst I understand you were experiencing medical complications, you need to show that they basically were akin to incapacitation which prevented you from making a claim. As this is a complex technical procedure I must strongly suggest that you engage a solicitor to act for you to make this application for extension to the courts.
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From the drop down list choose Defamation as the Area of Practice.