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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.
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.
Click here for the press release
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
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, 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.
Claire Gill represented Mr Weatherup
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.
The Times also published a further article including various quotes from Nigel - here
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.
Click here to listen to the interview (starts at 9 minutes 36 seconds)
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.
Do we want a world in which drones fly over our garden walls without permission, photographing whatever their digital cameras behold?
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.
Claire Gill represents Mr Weatherup
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.
Louisa Donovan has secured damages, an apology and payment of her legal costs following the settlement of her defamation claim against Kate Gibbons.
Click here for link to Telegraph article
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.
Margaret Edwards was represented by Ruth Collard and Isabella Piasecka
Click here to the read the apology
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.
The McCanns were represented by Adam Tudor and Zoe Brocket
Click here for press release
See BBC article here
See Press Gazette article here