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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.

Further phone hacking case settled

Carter-Ruck have agreed settlement – with a payment of substantial damages – of a further claim concerning the unlawful interception of mobile telephone voicemail messages.


Guy Martin interviewed over Marvin Gaye and Pharrell Williams copyright dispute on BBC Radio 4

Guy Martin was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Front Row about the estate of Marvin Gaye's successful claim of breach of copyright against Pharrell Williams.

The case, tried in the Los Angeles court, concerned Gaye's 1977 disco single Got to Give it Up and Williams' 2013 single Blurred Lines.


US-based businessmen successfully defend strike-out application

The High Court has decided that claims in libel, misuse of private information and copyright infringement by California-based businessmen Craig Ames and Robert McGee should proceed to trial and that the defendant’s application to strike out should fail. 


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

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


The Guardian apologises over “Hack Attack” claims

The Guardian has apologised to James Weatherup, a former News of the World journalist, over false allegations made by Nick Davies in his book “Hack Attack”, extracts of which were serialised in the paper in July 2014.


The Times

The Times has published an article by Carter-Ruck partner Adam Tudor commenting on the legal landscape since the coming into force of the Defamation Act.


2015 Chambers Directory and Legal 500 confirm Carter-Ruck’s top-tier status

Carter-Ruck has consolidated its position in the top tier of Defamation/Reputation Management practices in the UK in the 2015 Chambers Directory and the new edition of Legal 500.


Polo player secures libel victory over defamatory YouTube videos

Louisa Donovan has secured damages, an apology and payment of her legal costs following the settlement of her defamation claim against Kate Gibbons.


Former NHS Chief Executive secures libel win against Mail on Sunday

Margaret Edwards, former Chief Executive of the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has secured substantial damages, apologies and costs from the publisher of the Mail on Sunday over false allegations published in the newspaper and on the MailOnline website.


Kate and Gerry McCann secure £55,000 in libel damages and apology from the Sunday Times

The Sunday Times has published a full apology and agreed to pay Kate and Gerry McCann £55,000 in libel damages (all of which they will donate to charity), over completely false allegations that they had kept secret from the investigating authorities crucial evidence relating to their daughter’s abduction.


Press Gazette

Click here for Press Gazette article focusing on Carter-Ruck’s Defendant media practice.


The Independent

Partner Claire Gill commented on the Quindell-v-Gotham City Research libel case in The Independent.


The Guardian

Partner Ruth Collard has been quoted at length in the Guardian on significant recent developments in the law of privacy.


Rt Hon Michael Mates secures apology from Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’)

The CPS has apologised and paid substantial damages to Michael Mates, the former MP for East Hampshire, after wrongly accusing him of an electoral offence when he stood as a candidate in the election for Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire in 2012.


Rashid Ghannouchi wins defamation claim

Long-standing client Rashid Ghannouchi has won his defamation claim against French publisher Michel Lafon in the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris.


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