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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.


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, alarab.co.uk, on 5 July 2019.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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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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Post-Covid Employer Reputation, Risk & Liability Webinar: The Role of HR

Carter-Ruck partner Claire Gill is participating as a key speaker on Thursday 9th July at 11am at the Business Forums International UK (BFI) webinar focusing on HR's role post-Covid. Claire will be speaking about the reputational issues arising from the pandemic and the legal rights related to the protection of reputation. BFI is a specialist consultancy that works closely within the HR sector.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Carter-Ruck Recognised in The Times’ ‘Best Lawyers’ Guide

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.

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Carter-Ruck confirmed as ‘market leaders’ for Defamation and Reputation Management by Legal 500

Carter-Ruck has again confirmed its top tier status for Defamation and Reputation Management in the latest Legal 500 directory.

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