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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.


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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Legal 500 - Carter-Ruck “top of the tree” and recognised in all four of its core practice areas

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.

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Middle East Eye defeats libel claim brought by prominent Palestinian and UAE “fixer”

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.

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Interpal Trustees secure full apology and £50,000 in libel damages from Jewish Chronicle

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.

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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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