Firefighting in the brave new world of libel law

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Nigel Tait

Changes to defamation laws this year mean pre-empting reputational damage is more crucial than ever, says Nigel Tait, managing partner at Carter Ruck.


Managing The Risk Of Sanctions

Posted on 07 January 2015 by Guy Martin

The recent removal of Sheikh Yassin Abdullah Kadi from US sanctions last month following a 13-year legal battle brings to the fore the significant financial and reputational risks and challenges faced by high net worth individuals under threat of targeted sanctions.


Judge as juror

Posted on 18 December 2014 by Carter-Ruck

Dispute Resolution analysis: The High Court, sitting without a jury, recently ruled against former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell in his libel claim against News Group Newspapers for publishing a story alleging that he had called PC Rowland a ‘pleb’. Nigel Tait, a partner at Carter-Ruck, along with associate Isabella Piasecka, considers the decision and the wider issues of judges acting as jurors.


“Right to be forgotten” – the first six months

Posted on 15 December 2014 by Dominic Garner

In May this year, the European Court of Justice delivered its seminal ruling in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja González.


Christopher Jefferies: a reputation restored

Posted on 12 December 2014 by Carter-Ruck

The ITV drama about Christopher Jefferies – the man wrongly accused of the murder of Joanna Yeates and vilified by the UK press – was moving and thought-provoking in equal measure.


European Union General Court rules EU Syria sanctions unlawful, citing Kadi II (ECJ)

Posted on 27 November 2014 by Omar Naqib

The General Court of the EU has annulled the listings of three Syrian businessmen, and one company, from sanctions the EU imposed against them under its Syrian sanctions regime. In doing so the Court relied on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) July 2013 decision in what has become known as Kadi II , the decision whereby the ECJ upheld the successful challenge by Carter-Ruck client Sheikh Yassin Kadi to EU sanctions that were imposed on him. Kadi II has become a leading authority in the field of challenges to targeted sanctions.


Plebgate — how new libel laws have changed the defamation landscape

Posted on 27 November 2014 by Adam Tudor

This article by Adam Tudor was first published in The Times on 27 November 2014.


The Telegraph – “Why is the Muslim charity Interpal being blacklisted as a terrorist organisation?”

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Carter-Ruck

Longstanding Carter-Ruck client Interpal is the subject of an article in the Telegraph by Peter Oborne and Alex Delmar-Morgan.


Essay prize – Peter Smith

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Carter-Ruck

We’re delighted to announce that Peter Smith, an employed barrister with the firm, has won the 2014 Jonathan Brock Memorial Essay Prize Competition.


The dubious effect of LASPO

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Carter-Ruck

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 came into force on 1 April last year. Unfortunately, it was not an April Fool’s joke.


Social media is not above the law

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Carter-Ruck

The rise of social media appears to be unstoppable. Consider these figures, from a recent Forbes article


Shadow banks, shadow boxers – and a haircut

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Carter-Ruck

The term describes borrowing and lending that goes on outside the regulated banking centre. The man who coined it is American economist Paul McCulley. In a 2007 speech at the annual financial symposium hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, McCulley explained the operation of banks that look like banks, and do what banks do, but aren’t, well, really banks. They are, as this helpful summary reveals, entities that are “in the shadows” and they include investment banks, money market mutual funds, hedge funds and mortgage lenders.


No win, no fee – catch it while you can

Posted on 16 October 2014 by Carter-Ruck

The law has changed in many civil litigation arenas so that now the no win, no fee


This banker needs an umbrella

Posted on 09 October 2014 by Carter-Ruck

The news of the first guilty plea by a banker for fraud offences relating to the rigging of the Libor lending rate is good news for the beleaguered Serious Fraud Office. At last, having been criticised for mismanagement in a number of high-profile cases, it has something to shout about. The SFO’s investigation into the manipulation of Libor continues; there might even be more smiles among its staff in due course.


Phone Hacking: Trinity Mirror admits liability

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Carter-Ruck

It has recently been reported that Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, has admitted liability in respect of claims brought by four individuals who sued over allegations of voicemail interception. This comes with the news that Trinity Mirror has also settled six other related claims. The alleged victims include Shane Ritchie and actress Lucy Benjamin along with Sven-Goran Eriksson and actor Christopher Eccleston.


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