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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 clients successfully defend libel claim in important judgment on section 2 truth defence

Persephone Bridgman Baker has written an article for Inforrm (International Forum for Responsible Media) on the case of Serafin v. Malkiewicz & Ors, a judgment which has important ramifications for the interpretation of the section 2 truth defence under the Defamation Act 2013.

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Law in Sport – sports defamation in England, France and Australia

Defamation in sport has been in the news recently with three major cases involving iconic tennis player Rafael Nadal in France, former Australian rugby league player Brett Stewart and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle. In response, Carter-Ruck's Mathilde Groppo has written a thorough comparison of defamation law in England, France and Australia, which has been published on LawInSport, the world’s leading website for sports law.

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Ofcom dismisses four complaints against Al Jazeera as being “wholly without foundation”

Carter-Ruck has successfully represented Al Jazeera in the media network's defence against four major complaints to Ofcom concerning its undercover Investigative Unit and its headline grabbing January 2017 documentary series "The Lobby".

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Carter-Ruck secures John Doe injunction – confidential information may not be published by media

Carter-Ruck has secured a "John Doe" injunction on behalf of two substantial companies to prevent a leak of confidential customer information. A John Doe injunction is an interim non-disclosure order made against "persons unknown - a useful tool for situations where the victim of a leak may either not know or only suspect the identity of the culprit but cannot be certain of proving the position due to a lack of evidence and/or journalistic protection of sources, in the short time available before applying for an injunction

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“The most important libel judgment for years”: Carter-Ruck’s Nigel Tait in The Times

In a long-awaited decision that clarifies libel law in England and Wales, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a claimant can sue over likely damage to their reputation rather than having to show evidence that actual harm has been caused.

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2017 Whitepaper Conference – Defamation & Media

Carter-Ruck Media specialist Nigel Tait is chairing the 2017 White Paper Conference on Defamation and Media: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Clients.

White Paper conferences are expert-led intensive conferences aimed at business professionals.

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Telegraph apologises to Haras Ahmed and pays substantial damages over false extremism allegation

Mr Haras Ahmed has received from the Telegraph a public apology, substantial libel damages and his legal costs for false allegations made in an article by Andrew Gilligan, that he was a Muslim extremist who had sought to undermine the government’s fight against terror. The Telegraph now accepts that that these allegations are wholly without foundation and that Mr Ahmed is "in no way himself an extremist".

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Rached Ghannouchi

Long-standing Carter-Ruck client Rached Ghannouchi has instructed the firm to take action in relation to a news report broadcast by Sky News Arabia on 9 June 2017.

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Mexican Attorney Receives Apology and Damages From The Guardian Over False Corruption Allegations

Ms Aurora Pierdant, an experienced lawyer practising in Mexico, has received a public apology, libel damages and costs after she was the subject of an inaccurate and defamatory article published in the Guardian on 9 August 2016.

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Carter-Ruck announces three new partner promotions

The firm is delighted to announce that Antonia Foster, Miranda Rushton and Rebecca Toman have been promoted to the Carter-Ruck partnership. 

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CEO and Founder of Islam Channel awarded £140,000 in libel damages over false terrorism allegation

The High Court has awarded Mohamed Ali Harrath, the CEO and Founder of the Islam Channel, £140,000 in libel damages against the Stand for Peace website and its director, Samuel Westrop, over false allegations that Mr Harrath was guilty of terrorism.

As well as awarding very substantial damages the judge, Sir David Eady, also confirmed in his reasoned judgment that "there was simply no evidence to support the allegation of terrorism" and that "the sum awarded should be such as to leave interested onlookers in no doubt as to the baselessness of the Defendants’ charge against [Mr Harrath]"

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Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year

Nigel Tait has been awarded the accolade of Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Defamation (London).

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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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