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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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“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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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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