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.

Carter-Ruck is recognised as a leading firm in Public International Law and Banking Litigation and has again confirmed its top tier status for Defamation and Reputation Management.


Chambers and Partners notes that the team is known for its growing reputation in the PIL market thanks to its esteemed sanctions practice. It states the firm is frequently retained to advise individuals challenging sanctions and asset tracing measures imposed by the EU and comments that it has additional capabilities in investment treaty arbitration, representing states and commercial entities before international tribunals. The Directory goes on to quote clients of the firm who said they are very focused on understanding their clients’ needs, perspectives and constraints” and “in terms of pure legal ability, each of its lawyers has been wonderful to work with because of their excellent analytical and strategic skills.

The Legal 500 notes that Carter-Ruck’s ‘lawyers can be relied on to provide excellent, well-thought-out, intelligent advice’. The team represented Al Jazeera Media Network in its arbitration claim against Egypt for the latter’s breaches of the treaty standards applicable to Qatari foreign investors. The practice stands out for targeted sanctions involving asset-freezing measures. Guy Martin, Cameron Doley and senior associate Miranda Rushton are ‘excellent for their intelligence and skills’.


Chambers and Partners notes that the team is known for its conflict-free practice and receiving mandates from claimants in high-profile banking disputes. It states that the firm is well versed in issues arising across financial products and derivatives, as well as related fraud matters.

The Legal 500 states that Carter-Ruck’s lawyers “‘have genuine expertise in banking issues’. The litigation practice is experienced in derivatives, interest rate hedging products and FX products, and is recommended for cases involving manipulation of underlying benchmark rates. Alasdair Pepper is ‘exceptionally intelligent’. Adam Tudor is also recommended.


Chambers and Partners notes that the team is known as the leading light in the market for high-profile libel and privacy cases. It states that the firm is acclaimed for its pre-eminent claimant practice, representing a wide variety of sovereign nations and public figures. Continues to expand its roster of defendant clients, which consists of international broadcasters, publishers and individuals. The Directory goes on to quote clients of the firm who said they are quick, decisive and very clear about their proposed strategies. This is very helpful with clients, who are often feeling vulnerable and require a swift and pragmatic approach in solving issues and they have a real depth of talent and, both in terms of client handling and knowledge, they are amongst the best in the business.

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. ‘Guru’ Nigel Tait, who acts for Simon Cowell, is ‘client friendly and full of good ideas’. Adam Tudor successfully represented the McCanns in libel proceedings against The Sunday Times. Alasdair Pepper and senior associate Rebecca Toman are highly recommended.

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