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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
If the courts will be kept busy by privacy claims, they’re likely to be busier still dealing with data-protection breaches
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.
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.
Mr Bates was represented by Alasdair Pepper and Isabella Piasecka
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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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Chambers and Partners notes that the team is known as the “leading light in the market for high-profile libel and privacy cases”.
The Legal 500 notes that “The ‘outstanding’ Carter-Ruck provides ‘a blue-riband service’ to clients in need of pre-publication advice or representation in litigation".
St. John’s Preparatory school, Enfield and Headmistress Mrs. Calliope Tardios have been awarded £95,000 in damages against Pamella Linton (also known as Pamella Linton-Ramsay) at the High Court.
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Click here for the Judgment of Mr Justice Dingemans dated 21 May 2015
Click here for the Judgment of His Honour Judge Moloney QC dated 31 July 2015