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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.

Palestinian Return Centre secures apologies and damages from Mail on Sunday over Tom Bower libel

The publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline has apologised and agreed to pay substantial damages to the Palestinian Return Centre and its Chairman, Majed al-Zeer, over false allegations published in 2019 as part of the Mail's serialisation of Tom Bower's biography of Jeremy Corbyn.


EU sanctions prevent the payment of arbitration awards

It is not every day that an English court is asked to interpret the application of an EU sanctions regime. But on 12 February 2020, the English Court of Appeal did just that in the Ministry of Defence & Support for Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran v International Military Services Ltd[1].


Trump v Twitter: media law issues

Donald Trump's 29 May Executive Order attacking section 230 of the US 1996 Communications Decency Act attracted only limited attention this side of the Atlantic. We do, after all, all have bigger things on our minds right now. However, it is a matter that should be followed closely, both by media law practitioners and the wider public on this side of the Atlantic - because America's social media is also ours, and the issues at stake come down to freedom of speech and its limits.


Leading Tunisian politician Rached Ghannouchi wins claim against Middle East Online and its editor

The leader of the Tunisian Ennahdha Party and Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament has obtained judgment in his claim against Middle East Online Limited and its Editor, Haitham El Zobaidi (who are based in London), in respect of an article published on 5 July 2019.


Covid-19 Contact Tracing: Privacy and Policy Issues

As the UK government commences trials of contact tracing, Carter-Ruck Associate Mathilde Groppo writes for the leading UK health title Heath Service Journal on the privacy and policy issues for states, health services, individuals and businesses.


Using Zoom Safely

Mathilde Groppo of Carter-Ruck writes for Global Data Review on the security risks associated with video-conferencing platform Zoom amid its coronavirus-related explosion in popularity, and how users can use the software safely.


Morrisons’ Supreme Court win: employers still need to take care with data

Claire Gill, Partner at Carter-Ruck, warns that employers still need adequate controls, processes and training to avoid data protection claims.


Litigation during lockdown: UK courts keep calm and carry on – Inforrm’s Blog

When the Prime Minister announced the COVID-19 lockdown on 23 March 2020, many litigation practitioners were concerned about the impact this would have on upcoming hearings. Carter-Ruck Associate Mathilde Groppo examines the current efficacious adjustment of the UK court process.


Call For Lifting Of Sanctions

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has called (31 March 2020) for the immediate lifting of international sanctions to prevent hunger crises in countries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.


How do you solve a problem like Corona (misinformation)?

Born as twins in the womb, the coronavirus and misinformation surrounding the virus have grown together and found their way into the country's homes.


Government Adviser Qari Asim MBE secures full apology and damages after Mail libel

The publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline has today apologised in the High Court to Mr Qari Asim MBE, a Government Adviser and senior Imam, over false allegations published in 2019. They also published full apologies and paid Mr Asim libel damages together with his legal costs.


Are meaning hearings the new norm? - The Law Society Gazette

Carter-Ruck Senior Associate Helena Shipman provides an insight for The Law Society Gazette on whether meaning hearings are the new norm in defamation litigation.


Serafin v Malkiewicz, “Public Interest” defence back in the Supreme Court with fair trial appeal

Carter-Ruck Senior Associate Persephone Bridgman Baker provides a Case Preview for Inforrm's Blog on the libel appeal of Serafin v Malkiewicz & Ors which the Supreme Court will hear on 17 and 18 March 2020.


Barclays Executives Verdict – Statement On Behalf Of HE Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani

His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani notes the conclusion today of the trial of three former executives of Barclays Bank in London.


Mohamed Fahmy drops lawsuit against Al Jazeera

Mohamed Fahmy has abandoned his multi-million dollar claim against Al Jazeera Media Network in Canada.

Mr Fahmy, one of three Al Jazeera English journalists who were arrested in December 2013 and tried, convicted and imprisoned in Cairo on false and politically motivated charges, had sought to place the blame for these events on Al Jazeera.


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