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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.


Penguin Books apologises and pays damages to former MOD Legal Adviser over Shami Chakrabarti book

Martin Hemming has secured damages and an apology from Penguin Books Ltd in respect of the book “On Liberty” written by Shami Chakrabarti.

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2016 editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners

Carter-Ruck’s three core practices areas have been commended in the 2016 editions of the two main independent legal directories; Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

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Human rights and Facebook’s ‘real name’ policy

Associate Persephone Bridgman Baker has written an article published by New Internationalist, discussing the privacy and human rights issues relating to Facebook’s ‘real name’ policy.

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Defamation / Reputation Management

Chambers and Partners notes that the team is known as the “leading light in the market for high-profile libel and privacy cases”.

The Legal 500 notes that “The ‘outstanding’ Carter-Ruck provides ‘a blue-riband service’ to clients in need of pre-publication advice or representation in litigation".

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Hotel Owner

Managing Partner and Head of Defamation and Media Law, Nigel Tait, has written an article in the Hotel Owner magazine about online reviews.

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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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