Politicians and principle, elections and libel

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Carter-Ruck

Politicians will be in the spotlight more than ever as the general election, set for Thursday 7 May, approaches. Likely as not, they will accept what is said and written about them as part of the rough and tumble of British politics. Politicians are not people who go into public life with thin skins. But sometimes, the media go too far.


A step in the right direction

Posted on 25 March 2015 by Isabella Piasecka

Insolvency litigation has long been recognised as a special category for which “no win no fee” or Conditional Fee Agreements should be available.


Great lines from the world of libel

Posted on 19 March 2015 by Carter-Ruck

Libel has always been one of the more colourful areas of the law. Perhaps this is because of what’s at stake: the essence of a person.


Ames v Spamhaus: serious harm – a more flexible interpretation?

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Nigel Tait

As the new serious harm requirement begins to take shape, we are reminded that publication to even just a few people can provide a basis for a libel action.


Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Stormy Waters

Posted on 25 February 2015 by Lawrence Northmore-Ball

What were supposed to be the placid waters of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) are now as stormy as the waters it was intended to calm.


Revenge porn: law moving in right direction but still some way to go

Posted on 23 February 2015 by Claire Gill

The government wants to send a clear signal that sharing images without consent is unacceptable; the challenge is keeping up with technology.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a drone – and it might be infringing your privacy rights

Posted on 18 February 2015 by Isabel Martorell

Do we want a world in which drones fly over our garden walls without permission, photographing whatever their digital cameras behold?


FX derivatives losses: What you need to know to help clients

Posted on 13 February 2015 by Stevie Loughrey

You've read about the huge fines the regulators have levied on banks for manipulating forex benchmarks, but how do those businesses affected by bank misconduct recover their losses?


Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Posted on 12 February 2015 by Nigel Tait | Isabella Piasecka

A swift and genuine apology, which reflects the gravity of the libel in question, can go a long way to countering reputational damage, whereas a late, dismissive or obviously calculated apology, will often backfire.


Reputational Limbo

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Claire Gill

If you have been arrested but not charged, does the public have the right to know?  Those who are named in the press before they are even charged suffer serious and sometimes irreparable reputational harm.


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.


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