Privacy

Carter-Ruck is at the forefront of privacy law. We have acted in many ground-breaking cases to prevent publication or removal of confidential or intrusive material, including in the most important English law case of the past decade.

We are frequently contacted by clients on an urgent basis ‘out of hours’ to prevent the imminent publication of private material with a view to preventing publication or removing private material from stories. We have a 24-hour, 365 days of the year crisis management response team – one of our specialist partners is always available to respond to urgent crises at any time.

We advise on all areas where privacy rights are infringed or threatened, including breach of confidence, harassment, threatened disclosure, iCloud hacks, “the right to be forgotten” and breaches of data protection.

In recent years we successfully acted for the celebrity Claimant in the landmark privacy case of PJS v News Group, preventing the publication of private allegations by securing an injunction in the High Court, which was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court.

We are highly experienced at protecting your reputation

  • Before publication
  • After publication
  • Online

Our clients

  • UK and multinational corporations
  • Ultra-High Net Worth individuals and business persons
  • Celebrities and sportspeople
  • Heads of State and national governments
  • MPs, MEPs, members the House of Lords as well as political parties
  • Academics and academic institutions, including independent and state-funded schools
  • Trade unions
  • Charities and other NGOs.

24/7 Partner led Crisis Response

We have a 24-hour, 365 days of the year crisis management response team – one of our specialist partners is always available to respond to urgent crises at any time.

Case studies

Our victory in PJS v News Group case has been described by many commentators as the most important privacy law decision of the last decade.

Carter-Ruck acted for an anonymous celebrity – “PJS” – in a successful appeal to the Supreme Court.  Following allegations concerning his private life, PJS succeeded in upholding an interim injunction restraining publication of his identity. 

PJS’s identity had already been revealed in some places on the internet. Our team succeeded in persuading the Supreme Court that despite that any further repetition would be a further invasion of the his privacy, especially if it moved into the mainstream media in this jurisdiction.

In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court fast-tracked the appeal. It took just two weeks to come before the Supreme Court.

The Daily Telegraph reported that “a full-on privacy law” had now been created in the UK.

Case studies

We coordinated a global takedown operation over intrusive, unlawfully-obtained photographs of a prominent international figure.

Case studies

Carter-Ruck successfully sued Google on behalf of a businessman in a ground-breaking High Court case which implemented the “Right to be Forgotten” in England and Wales.

The court ordered Google to delist results about a man’s spent conviction from searches against his name, and upheld his claim for breach of data protection rights and misuse of private information.

The man’s conviction is spent under the UK’s Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, which protects many ex-offenders from the lifelong stigma of past offences.

The judge said the fact that a conviction is spent “will normally be a weighty factor against the further use or disclosure of information about those matters”.

We are working with the charity Unlock helping affected individuals with spent convictions.

For more information on Privacy issues and how Carter-Ruck can help you please get in touch with us.