nomis5 - 2:21 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
An opinion is an opinion surely and we are free to express that opinion unless the law states otherwise.
I've had a couple of business go hopping mad about some of my reviews and when they write with the threat of legal action I've told them to go ahead with it. No one has ever got back to me. Presumably they checked with a lawyer (at their expense) and were told that there is no law against expressing an opinion that contains no inaccurate facts.
The only extra security I take against legal action is that I photograph anything I factually criticise. So, if I state in an article that the layout at establishment A is drab and boring, no photo neccessary. But if I say that establishment B has eleectrical wires hanging from the ceiling then I take a photo of that. I also publish the photo in the review so, up front, they know that the wires really are hanging from the ceiling, and I have the proof.