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By its very nature, the majority of Carter-Ruck’s pre-publication and privacy-related work is confidential and must remain so. However, a selection of recent media and defamation work highlights which are in the public domain is set out below.


Leading Sikh Gurdwara President in £160,000 libel success

Gurmail Singh Malhi, President of London’s largest Sikh Gurdwara, has received £160,000 in damages and costs together with an apology from the publisher and Editors of Des Pardes Weekly over publication of false child abuse allegations.

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Carter-Ruck clients obtain interim injunction against the Times

After an application brought on their behalf by Carter-Ruck, the High Court has granted Mark Holyoake and Hotblack Holdings Limited an interim injunction. The injunction restrains the publication of information derived from various documents and correspondence, including without prejudice communications, between the parties in litigation brought by Mark Holyoake and Hotblack Holdings Limited against Nicholas Candy, Christian Candy and others.

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Solicitor succeeds in claim for breach of privacy against Lewis Silkin LLP

Solicitor Sarah Webb has successfully settled her High Court claim against Lewis Silkin LLP for misuse of private information, receiving damages and costs. Following a contested hearing, Ms Webb also won the right to read a statement in open court which vindicated her decision to sue.

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Soldier receives substantial compensation from Nottingham Post over photograph libel

Lance Bombardier Kerry-Ann Morris has received a public apology, compensation and costs in relation to an article published by the Nottingham Post on its website in June 2015. The article featured a photograph wrongly identifying Morris as her non-identical twin sister, who was tried over the death of a seven-year old girl.

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“PJS” successful in landmark Supreme Court privacy case

In what is considered by many commentators to be the most important privacy law decision of the decade, Carter-Ruck acted for the Claimant, “PJS” in his successful appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Telegraph apologises and pays damages to businessman Mujibul Islam

Mujibul Islam, a businessman based in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, has received substantial damages, an apology and the payment of costs from the publisher of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, over a series of articles principally by journalist Andrew Gilligan.

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City banker successfully strikes out libel claim

A libel claim brought against Carter-Ruck client Piotr Tymula, an employee at Sberbank CIB in London, by former colleague Svetlana Lokhova has been struck out by Mr Justice Dingemans in the High Court.

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Leading genealogical research company obtains pre-action disclosure order in “Heir Hunters” dispute

Anglia Research Services, a leading genealogical research company, and its director Philip Turvey, have obtained a pre-action disclosure order against Finders International and its Managing Director Daniel Curran  (a regular participant in the BBC’s “Heir Hunters” programme) over an alleged dirty tricks campaign by Mr Curran and Finders.  

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Impresa defeats libel case at a trial of preliminary issues

The High Court has dismissed a libel claim against Carter-Ruck client, Impresa, a leading Portuguese publisher. The court found that the claim, brought by Angolan-Portuguese national, Alvaro Sobrinho did not meet the threshold of serious harm in s. 1 Defamation Act 2013 and was an abuse of process.

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Claire Gill writes in The Times about predictions for media law in 2016

If the courts will be kept busy by privacy claims, they’re likely to be busier still dealing with data-protection breaches

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Victory for Carter-Ruck client in High Court trial on meaning and serious harm to reputation

The High Court has found in favour of the claimant, Sam Theedom, a recruitment consultant, in a preliminary issues trial on meaning and serious harm in a defamation case – one of the first trials on the question of what amounts to “serious harm” for the purposes of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 and the first preliminary issues trial on meaning and serious harm to date in which the claimant has been completely successful.

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Ken Bates, former owner of Leeds United, successfully strikes out libel action

The High Court has struck out a libel action brought by Mr Robert Weston against Ken Bates, the former Chairman and owner of Leeds United Football Club.

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Penguin Books apologises and pays damages to former MOD Legal Adviser over Shami Chakrabarti book

Martin Hemming has secured damages and an apology from Penguin Books Ltd in respect of the book “On Liberty” written by Shami Chakrabarti.

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2016 editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners

Carter-Ruck’s three core practices areas have been commended in the 2016 editions of the two main independent legal directories; Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

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Human rights and Facebook’s ‘real name’ policy

Associate Persephone Bridgman Baker has written an article published by New Internationalist, discussing the privacy and human rights issues relating to Facebook’s ‘real name’ policy.

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