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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.


Carter-Ruck named 2017 Media Law Firm of the Year (England) in Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards

Carter-Ruck has been named 2017 Media Law Firm of the Year (England) in the Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards.

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BBC broadcasts full apology and pays substantial libel damages to Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin

The BBC has apologised and paid very substantial libel damages to Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin (one of the founding members of the Muslim Council of Britain and a past Chairman of the charity Muslim Aid) over false allegations that Mr Mueen-Uddin had advocated the lynching of Salman Rushdie during the infamous “Satanic Verses” affair.

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Law Society Gazette – “Lawyer in the News”

Carter-Ruck Partner Adam Tudor has been featured in the Law Society Gazette over the firm’s representation of the Mahmood family in their complaints against the Mail and Katie Hopkins.

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Katie Hopkins and Mail apologise and Mail pays £150,000 to Mahmood family over “Disneyland” libels

MailOnline and its columnist Katie Hopkins have today published a full apology to the Mahmood family and the Mail has paid £150,000 in libel damages, as well as agreeing to pay their legal costs.  Ms Hopkins has also apologised on Twitter to her 650,000 followers. 

The complaint related to two articles written by Ms Hopkins and published by MailOnline in December 2015,  following the refusal by the US authorities  to allow a number of members of the Mahmood family, who are Muslims, to board a flight for the USA. The family were going on holiday and had planned a trip to Disneyland.

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Jang group Chief Executive awarded £185,000 in libel damages following High Court trial

Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the Group Chief Executive and Editor in Chief of the Jang group of companies, the largest media group in Pakistan, has been awarded £185,000 in libel damages by London’s High Court in respect of 24 libellous programmes broadcast by the Defendants, rival media company ARY Network Limited and its COO, Fayaz Ghafoor.

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Sunday Telegraph apologises and pays substantial libel damages over false extremism allegations

Ifhat Smith, a mother who brought to public attention her son’s treatment at school under the government’s "Prevent" (counter-terrorism) policy, has secured substantial damages, an apology and her legal costs from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Settlement in “Heir Hunters” libel case

Philip Turvey, a joint Director of leading genealogical research company, Anglia Research Services Limited, has settled his libel claim against Finders Genealogists Limited (which operates as Finders International), and its Managing Director Daniel Curran.

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Dame Lowell Goddard

Carter-Ruck has released the following Press Release on behalf of Dame Lowell Goddard, in response to allegations published in the Times newspaper on 14 October 2016. 

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Leading Sikh Gurdwara President in £160,000 libel success

Gurmail Singh Malhi, President of London’s largest Sikh Gurdwara, has received £160,000 in damages and costs together with an apology from the publisher and Editors of Des Pardes Weekly over publication of false child abuse allegations.

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Carter-Ruck clients secure injunction against Times in Candy Brothers litigation

After an application brought on their behalf by Carter-Ruck, the High Court has granted Mark Holyoake and Hotblack Holdings Limited an interim injunction. The injunction restrains the publication of information derived from various documents and correspondence, including without prejudice communications, between the parties in litigation brought by Mark Holyoake and Hotblack Holdings Limited against Nicholas Candy, Christian Candy and others.

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Solicitor succeeds in claim for breach of privacy against Lewis Silkin LLP

Solicitor Sarah Webb has successfully settled her High Court claim against Lewis Silkin LLP for misuse of private information, receiving damages and costs. Following a contested hearing, Ms Webb also won the right to read a statement in open court which vindicated her decision to sue.

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Soldier receives substantial compensation from Nottingham Post over photograph libel

Lance Bombardier Kerry-Ann Morris has received a public apology, compensation and costs in relation to an article published by the Nottingham Post on its website in June 2015. The article featured a photograph wrongly identifying Morris as her non-identical twin sister, who was tried over the death of a seven-year old girl.

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“PJS” successful in landmark Supreme Court privacy case

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.

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Telegraph apologises and pays damages to businessman Mujibul Islam

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.

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City banker successfully strikes out libel claim

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.

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