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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 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.  


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Defamation / Reputation Management

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".


Hotel Owner

Managing Partner and Head of Defamation and Media Law, Nigel Tait, has written an article in the Hotel Owner magazine about online reviews.


Leading school and Headmistress secure libel victory over defamatory online petition

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.


How to deal with fake online reviews

Managing partner Nigel Tait discusses the steps pub, restaurant and hotel owners can take when faced with fake or libellous online reviews.


Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) libel success against The Times

The Times has published a full apology in print and online to Yusuf Islam (the musician formerly known as Cat Stevens) over a highly misleading article which it published following an interview with him in late 2014.


Penguin Random House apologises over “Hack Attack” claims

Penguin Random House, the publishers of the book “Hack Attack” by Nick Davies, have apologised to James Weatherup, a former News of the World journalist, over false allegations about him in the book. The publishers also paid damages and legal costs and agreed to remove the allegations from future editions of the book.

The Guardian, which serialised the book in July 2014, also apologised to Mr Weatherup; see News below.

The Guardian apologises over “Hack Attack” claims


“A benchmark week for privacy” - The Times and Nigel Tait

The Times has published an article by Carter-Ruck partner Nigel Tait, commenting on the implications of the landmark decision of Mr Justice Mann relating to phone hacking by Mirror Group Newspapers.


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