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One of the UK’s best-known law firms, Carter-Ruck has a long-standing reputation for its expertise in the field of litigation and dispute resolution. It is recognised as one of the UK’s pre-eminent media law practices, while its work in the commercial litigation and international law sectors is also regarded as being of the highest calibre.
The firm: Carter-Ruck’s lawyers are known for being dynamic, determined and thorough in pursuing their clients’ objectives and protecting their interests. A large number of the firm’s cases attract the attention of the world’s media and Carter-Ruck is well-used to dealing with the challenges that this presents.
Carter-Ruck’s practice is truly global in nature and its lawyers have considerable experience and expertise in cases involving either a multi-jurisdictional or a political/diplomatic angle.
Types of work undertaken: Media law: Carter-Ruck has formidable expertise in advising individuals and organisations that find themselves subject to adverse or intrusive media coverage and in need of fast and reliable advice. The firm can be involved in more than half of all the libel and privacy claims issued in the High Court in a given year. Carter-Ruck’s lawyers have secured many of the largest damages awards in their fields of expertise, as well as unprecedented front-page apologies in national newspapers. The firm’s claimant practice is one of the largest in the country, but the firm also represents defendants, including some of the UK’s best-known publishers.
International law: Carter-Ruck’s international law team has extensive experience in litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory matters involving an international or diplomatic context. The firm’s clients include governments, heads of state, leading political figures from across the world, commercial entities and individuals requiring specialist advice on international issues. While much of Carter-Ruck’s work is conducted before the UK courts and by way of arbitration, the firm also has cases proceeding in the European Court of Justice, before the United Nations and in courts in a variety of overseas jurisdictions.
Commercial litigation: Carter-Ruck has considerable experience in a wide range of commercial disputes and is ideally positioned to handle high-value and complex commercial litigation. The firm has represented clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords, Privy Council and European Court of Justice. Carter-Ruck’s international expertise means it is well-suited to advising on multi-jurisdictional disputes and conducting international arbitration and litigation in overseas courts. In certain cases, Carter-Ruck is able to act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, or to arrange for third-party funding or after-the-event insurance cover to support a claim.
Financial misselling and professional negligence: Carter-Ruck’s commercial litigation team has a formidable track record of acting in high-value financial misselling claims for compensation against institutions including banks, pensions providers and financial and tax advisers. The firm has secured numerous six and seven-figure settlements for a variety of clients. The firm is also highly experienced in bringing negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and other professionals.
Number of UK partners 8
Number of other UK fee-earners 15
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