The case of Calliope Tardios

Dispute Resolution Article

24 June, 2016

Most schools will be aware of the challenges that social media plays in the bullying of pupils. But what of teachers? Take the case of Calliope Tardios, who is head teacher of St John's Preparatory School. She was subject to a social media campaign by a disgruntled parent, Pamella Linton, who made unfounded allegations including aggressive conduct, verbal abuse, unhygienic practices and doing psychological harm to pupils. Not only did Mrs Linton launch this attack, she did so while hiding behind a pseudonym of Patricia Carpenter. She backed it up with emails said to come from ex pupils, and by comments purporting to come from outsiders.

The case came before the High Court in 2015, where the Judge declared himself satisfied on the evidence that Patricia Carpenter and Pamella Linton were the same person.

The Judge in the case found that the comments were defamatory and ordered Mrs Linton to pay Mrs Tardios £70,000 and the school £20,000.

The case illustrates a number of issues that may arise in relation to campaigns of harassment via social media. Who is carrying out the campaign and how do you prove it, what is the practical effect of the campaign, who is in receipt of the defamatory material and what do they make of it. Finally and perhaps most difficult to deal with in practice, is it worth bringing a court claim, or will that simply give more publicity to the 'cause'.

Here at Forbes we have expertise in providing swift and practical advice to individuals and organisations who are subjected to defamatory comments, whether they be published on social media or otherwise.

If you are looking for any more information with regards to our services view our Dispute Resolution section. You can also contact Robin Stephens in our Dispute Resolution department via email or phone on 0333 207 1142. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

Back

06 Dec 2017

Dispute Resolution

NEWS AND ARTICLES

Forbes Joins Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes

Leading law firm Forbes Solicitors has enhanced its work in the pensions sector

Read the article

Forbes Solicitors is 'always quick to respond' and delivers 'practical advice' in a way that 'is easy to understand'

2017 edition Legal 500

More clients

The service I received from Robin Stephens was both good value and efficient

Steve Blazye

More clients

I have engaged Forbes on a number of occasions, I have always thought the staff involved were very professional yet practical in their approach.

Ken Haselden
Bensons Vending Limited

More clients

Always give us helpful, solid advice - thoroughly reliable and easy to deal with.

Physiofusion Limited

More clients

Dear Robin Thank you so much for coming to our rescue again!!

More clients

Just a note of thanks for the work you did reference the Framework challenge. The new tender winners have been announced and we are on 6 of the 7 framework lots which is a great result

More clients

We would like very much to offer our thanks and appreciation to Michael Rutter for his negotiations on our behalf.

Derek & Mildred Walmsley

More clients

Thank you for what you have done for us, it has been a pleasure working with you - and your advice is always clear, practical and makes lots of sense.

Evelyn Threlfall

More clients

The letter of summary has helped me to compile my defence. Without it, I would have floundered. I am very pleased with the professional service that I have received from Mohassan and Manisha.

More clients

I have to say that I've never had a better legal service from anyone and am very grateful for your actions in bringing this to a satisfactory conclusion.

Head of Finance at a Local Authority

More clients

Robin and his team have achieved what other legal advisers couldn't! Outstanding debt chased and paid within three weeks! We have used Forbes for years

David Melia
LinkedIn Recommendations

More clients

Legal 500: Robin Stephens is recommended at Forbes

More clients

The service was excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend Forbes to friends, knowing they will be well looked after

Mohammed Dad
H & L Property Limited

More clients

Make an enquiry