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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.


Pakistan Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif issues complaint after “politically motivated” Mail attack

Shehbaz Sharif, President of the PML-N party, Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan and former Chief Minister of Punjab, has issued a formal legal complaint against the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, and its journalist David Rose, about an article published on Sunday, 14 July 2019.

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Nasser Al Khelaifi – Media Attacks Based On Forged Document

A press release concerning the failure of The Guardian, Der Spiegel and Mediapart to provide an opportunity for Mr Nasser Al Khelaifi to rebut claims made in a forged document. Mr Al Khelaifi will be filing a criminal complaint for forgery and the use of forged material in France.

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Lachaux: Supreme Court clarifies ‘serious harm’ threshold for defamation claims

The Supreme Court's recent clarification of the 'serious harm' threshold for defamation claims has been welcomed by newspapers as a victory for free speech. In fact, it is more likely to mean escalating costs and uncertainty for claimants and defendants alike.

Writing in the Law Society's Gazette, Carter-Ruck Associate Mathilde Groppo analyses the decision and offers a prediction of its likely impact.

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Lachaux V Independent Print, Supreme Court Abolished Common Law Presumption of Damage in Libel Cases

Carter-Ruck Avocate a la Cour Mathilde Groppo provides a case update for Inforrm's Blog following the Lachaux judgment handed down by The Supreme Court on 12 June 2019.

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Guardian: Mail Pays Palestinian Charity Damages Over “Hate Festival” Allegations

The Guardian has reported on the damages of £120,000 paid by the Mail and Mail Online to Carter-Ruck client, Palestinian charity Interpal.

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Daily Mail and MailOnline pay £120,000 damages to Interpal Trustees over false terror allegations

Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail and MailOnline, has published full apologies and paid £120,000 in libel damages to the Trustees of Interpal.

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MoD apologises and pays substantial damages to Richard Holden for breach of his privacy

The MoD has apologised to Richard Holden, a political advisor, and agreed to pay him substantial damages and the payment of costs, after it breached his privacy and data protection rights by wrongly disclosing documents from his Developed Vetting interview process to the CPS for use in a prosecution against him. Mr Holden was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by the Judge in the case who told him he "left court without any stain on his character".

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Guidance on libel for the social media age

Writing in the Law Society's Gazette, Oliver Cox examines a 76-month libel dispute that gives guidance on defamation in the Facebook era.

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Guy Martin in PR Week: Agency leaders confront idea theft and call for stronger protection

Carter-Ruck partner Guy Martin speaks to PR Week on steps agencies can take to avoid their creative ideas being used by clients without acknowledgement or remuneration.

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‘POLITE NOTICE’ Biker wins libel case

A motorcycle enthusiast has won his libel claims against four mass circulation newspapers that falsely claimed he attempted to deceive the public into believing he was a police officer.

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Landmark $35 million refugee donation

Qatari businessman and philanthropist Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani has donated more than $35 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help provide aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and displaced Yemenis. 

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Every good courtroom drama needs a climax: Helena Shipman in The Times

Carter-Ruck Associate Helena Shipman has been quoted in Edward Fennell's legal column in The Times on the enduring English spectacle of the statement in Open Court.

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Rachel Nickell allegations: former police commander secures apology and compensation from Mirror

Mirror Group Newspapers has issued an unreserved apology and agreed to pay substantial compensation and legal costs to former police Commander Roy Ramm, after the Mirror newspaper published false and defamatory allegations about him on its website in March 2018.

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Time to step up the war against online abuse: Nigel Tait and Persephone Bridgman Baker in The Times

Carter-Ruck Head of Media Law Nigel Tait and Senior Associate Persephone Bridgman Baker give their legal perspective to The Times following the recent Mumsnet case.

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Announcing the birth of the ‘Social Media User’ - Oliver Cox in The Times

Carter-Ruck Senior Associate Oliver Cox has been quoted in Edward Fennell’s legal column in The Times on how new legal personae are evolving for defamation proceedings in the internet age.

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