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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.

Johnny Depp -v- NGN: Judgment Analysis

On 2 November, Mr Justice Nicol delivered his Judgment in Johnny Depp’s libel case against The Sun newspaper and editor Dan Wootton. Mr Depp lost his case, and the Judge found that The Sun had proved that its published allegations that Mr Depp beat his ex-wife and fellow actor Amber Heard were substantially true: 12 of 14 alleged incidents of assault were proven.


The Mail apologises and pays £25,000 in damages to Cambridge Professor over false racism allegations

The publisher of the Daily Mail and MailOnline has apologised to leading academic Professor Gopal, over an article which falsely alleged that she was attempting to incite an aggressive and potentially violent race war, and that she supports and endorses the subjugation and persecution of white people. The Mail has also agreed to pay Professor Gopal £25,000 in libel damages, as well as her legal costs.


Carter-Ruck on BBC Radio 4 Media Show

Carter-Ruck senior associate Persephone Bridgman Baker was invited to join the BBC Radio 4 Media Show panel of experts discussing the Johnny Depp libel judgment as well as other topical media matters.


Johnny Depp Libel Judgment: Carter-Ruck on Sky News

Carter-Ruck senior associate Helena Shipman was this morning interviewed outside the Royal Courts of Justice by Sky News following the release of the judgment in the libel case of Johnny Depp v News Group Newspapers Limited.


Inforrm’s Blog: The role of social media platforms and users in tackling Covid misinformation

Carter-Ruck associate Mathilde Groppo explores the issues surrounding Covid-19 misinformation campaigns and the roles social media platforms and users have to play in tackling them in this recent piece for Inforrm.


Al Arab pays substantial damages and costs to Rached Ghannouchi

Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Tunisian Ennahdha Party and Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament, has received damages, together with an undertaking not to repeat the false allegations made against him (and payment of his costs) following the recent settlement of his claim against Al Arab Publishing House Limited in respect of an article published on their website,, on 5 July 2019.


Jewish Chronicle apologises and pays substantial libel damages to Nada al-Sanjari

The Jewish Chronicle, its editor Stephen Pollard and journalist Lee Harpin have apologised to Nada al-Sanjari, a school teacher and local councillor over a number of articles they published last year. They have also agreed to pay her a substantial sum in libel damages, as well as her legal costs.


Leave.EU apologises and pays substantial libel damages to Naz Shah MP

Leave.EU, the pro-Brexit political campaign group, has apologised to Naz Shah (the MP for Bradford West and Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion) over a Tweet and Facebook Post published in December last year. Leave.EU has also agreed to pay Ms Shah a substantial sum in libel damages, as well as her legal costs.


Oliver Cox on talkRADIO: Consumer Review Websites and the Risk of Libel

Carter-Ruck senior associate Oliver Cox spoke with journalist Ian Collins of talkRADIO on 28 September 2020 about the case of a man facing criminal charges in Thailand for causing 'damage to the reputation' of a hotel through his negative TripAdvisor review, and through this the wider issues surrounding such review sites for both consumers and those listed.


Global Investigation Review: The Guide to Sanctions (First Edition) featuring Carter-Ruck

Carter-Ruck are pleased to be contributors to the First Edition of Global Investigations Review's Guide to Sanctions published in August 2020.

UN Sanctions overview

We live in a dynamic and fast-moving era for sanctions, which are becoming a more frequently deployed tool of international policy and geopolitics.


Not court in favour: Trump, the ICC – and international law: Carter-Ruck in WorldECR

Noura Abughris looks at the imposition of sanctions on the International Criminal Court ('ICC') by the Trump administration and asks: 'Would EU do it?'


Primary school teacher awarded £49,000 in libel compensation over false allegations

Primary school teacher awarded £49,000 in libel compensation over false allegations of unacceptable professional conduct


Rached Ghannouchi awarded £45,000 over false allegations of terrorism and foreign funding

In a judgment handed down on 23 July 2020, the High Court of Justice awarded Rached Ghannouchi (the leader of the Tunisian Ennahdha Party and Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament) £45,000 in libel damages in respect of an article published on 5 July 2019 by Middle East Online Limited and its Editor, Haitham El Zobaidi (who are based in London).


UK implements first autonomous sanctions for human rights abuses

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and, pursuant to the Withdrawal Agreement,[1] EU law, including EU sanctions, will continue to apply to the UK until 31 December 2020. After this date, the UK sanctions regime will fall under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 ("2018 Act"). The 2018 Act enables the UK to continue to comply with its international obligations and to use sanctions to meet foreign policy and national security objectives after exiting the EU.


Nectar Trust Secures Apology And Substantial Damages From Daily Telegraph

The publisher of the Daily Telegraph has apologised and agreed to pay substantial libel damages to the Nectar Trust (a UK charity) and its Trustees, over wholly false allegations linking the charity to terrorism and questioning its independence.


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