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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.
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.
31 January 2020
At a press conference at Carter-Ruck's London offices yesterday, Pakistan Opposition leader, PML-N Party President and former Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif announced that he has commenced libel proceedings against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online.
Examples of the press reports that followed:
Directors Of Leading Genealogy Firm Secure Substantial Damages In Second Libel Victory Against Rival
Peter Turvey and his son Philip Turvey, directors of leading genealogical research company, Anglia Research, have received £40,000 in damages following their libel success against rival firm Finders International and its Managing Director, Daniel Curran.
Philip Turvey and Peter Turvey are advised by Adam Tudor and Dominic Garner of Carter-Ruck.
Read the Statement in open Court here.
Article by The Law Society Gazette.
Article by The Times (paywall).
Article by Mail Online.
Carter-Ruck has been acknowledged by The Times in its 'Best Law Firms' supplement. The paper highlights our recent success defending responsible public interest journalism at Middle East Eye in successfully defending a substantial libel claim by former Fatah enforcer Mohammed Dahlan.
Read the article here.
Carter-Ruck has again confirmed its top tier status for Defamation and Reputation Management in the latest Legal 500 directory.
The Legal 500 has endorsed all four core business areas of the firm and recommended numerous Carter-Ruck lawyers in its United Kingdom 2020 analysis of Defamation & Reputation Management, International Arbitration, Public International Law and Commercial Litigation.
Mohammed Dahlan, the Palestinian politician and former head of the secret police in Gaza, has abandoned his long-running libel claim in the High Court in London against Middle East Eye (a prominent London-based news organisation covering events in the Middle East) and its editor-in-chief, David Hearst.
Read the Press Release here.
Middle East Eye and David Hearst were advised by Adam Tudor and Aidan Shipman of Carter-Ruck.
The Jewish Chronicle has paid £50,000 in damages and published a full apology to the Trustees of Interpal, a UK-registered charity that provides relief and development aid to Palestinians in need, over the newspaper's publication of false and defamatory allegations in March 2019.
Apology from Jewish Chronicle
Press release from Interpal
Article in the Jewish Chronicle by Ibrahim Hewitt, Chair of the Trustees of Interpal
Article in the Press Gazette
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.
Read the Press Release.
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.
Read the full press release here.
Cameron Doley (Carter-Ruck, London) and Francis Szpiner and Renaud Semerdjian (Stas & Associés, Paris) are lawyers acting for Nasser Al Khelaifi.
The Guardian has reported on the damages of £120,000 paid by the Mail and Mail Online to Carter-Ruck client, Palestinian charity Interpal.
Read the article here.
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.
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".
The Times article (paywall).
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.
The full Statement in Open Court is attached.
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.
The Times article (Paywall).