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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8


Carter-Ruck handles breach of contract, shareholder and partnership matters, professional negligence, breaches of confidence, and IP issues. Adam Tudor leads the commercial litigation practice, Alasdair Pepper's practice involves financial mis-selling claims; and Matthew Wescott acts in commercial, financial, insurance and construction disputes. Antonia Foster and Claire Gill are also experienced advisers.

Practice head(s):Adam Tudor; Alasdair Pepper; Matthew Wescott

Other key lawyers:Antonia Foster; Claire Gill 

Work highlights

  • Advised four claimants on a claim involving an equity release scheme.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7


The geographical distribution of Carter-Ruck's cases has expanded to include eastern Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America, and the practice acts in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. The 'entire team is a pleasure to work with and willing to listen to the views of others'. Senior partner Cameron Doley leads the team, which also includes Alasdair Pepper and Matthew Wescott.

Practice head(s):Cameron Doley

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Pepper; Matthew Wescott


'The firm is a high-quality outfit, expertly led from the top in an understated way by Cameron Doley'.

'Matthew Wescott combines his great legal skills with good commercial common sense'.

'Alasdair Pepper is approachable yet assertive'.

Key Clients

Al Jazeera Media Network


The State of Qatar

Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Qatar Armed Forces

beIN Media Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Al Jazeera Media Network in its ICSID arbitration against Egypt, pursuant to the Qatar and Egypt BIT.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3


Carter-Ruck's team is particularly experienced in relation to sanctions or restrictive measures imposed at UN, EU or domestic level, and often represents clients before the UN Ombudsperson, the European Court of Justice, and in domestic judicial reviews of administrative decisions relating to sanctions. Guy Martin 'is the one of the foremost legal experts on sanctions'; he is representing Saudi businessman and philanthropist Yassin Kadi in his longstanding battle to challenge sanctions imposed on him in October 2001. Other key clients include governments, heads of state and leading political figures, commercial entities, charities and high-profile private clients.

Practice head(s):Guy Martin


'Peerless in international sanctions work, with a combination of huge experience and excellent client care'

'Guy Martin leaves no stone unturned; his combination of legal knowledge, political savviness and client care is second to none.'

Key Clients

Al Jazeera Media Network

The State of Qatar

Sheikh Yassin Abdullah Kadi

Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Hosni Mubarak (former Egyptian President) and his wife

Mrs Suha Arafat (widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Al-Jazeera Media Network in ICSID arbitration against Egypt pursuant to a BIT, in connection with the loss of the network’s substantial investment in Egypt as a result of the Egyptian government’s campaign against it during and following the military coup of July 2013.
Leading individuals

Guy Martin - Carter-Ruck

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1


The defamation & reputation management practice at Carter-Ruck is a safe port of call for blue chip companies and handles an increasing number of clients from the Middle East.  The 'hugely experienced, likeable and savvy' Nigel Tait and the 'calm and measured' Adam Tudor lead a team that acts in an extensive number of libel and privacy complaints. The firm 'remains at the very top of the tree' and fields a strong team that also includes pre-publication expert Alasdair Pepper and Rebecca Toman, who acts for ultra high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and celebrities. Claire Gill stands out for her role as lead partner in the landmark "right to be forgotten" case NT1/NT2 v Google where she successfully obtained an order to remove the claimants' private information from the search engine in a novel High Court ruling. Associate Helena Shipman continues to have significant impact on the practice and demonstrates 'excellent client care' in her area of expertise; misuse of private information and breach of the data protection act.

Practice head(s):Nigel Tait; Adam Tudor

Other key lawyers:Claire Gill; Alasdair Pepper, Rebecca Toman; Helena Shipman


'Very much the market leaders in reputation management.'

'Carter-Ruck remains at the very top of the tree for media and communications/ reputation management work. They have huge amounts of experience together with the resources to do a thorough job on every case.'

'There is no better claimant law firm, although they also do media cases for defendants.'

'Nigel Tait is hugely experienced, able, likeable and savvy. '

'An unrivalled range of truly exceptional practitioners steeped in all aspects of this work. They are able to put together teams at partner/associate level tailored to the particular needs of any client/case at the shortest notice.'

'Whilst some firms can match them in individual cases, none have the capacity to handle as many high-profile matters simultaneously.'

'Nigel Tait has extensive legal knowledge coupled with astute tactical sense.'

'Adam Tudor is calm and measured, even under pressure. He is always focused on the end product rather than short-term gains.'

'Helena Shipman demonstrates excellent client care and the ability to drag a better offer out of the other side than anybody else thought possible.'

Key Clients

Simon Cowell

SyCo Entertainment


The Labour Party

BT Plc

Sasha Wass QC

Baronness Sayeeda Warsi

Richard Burgon MP

James Blunt

Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens)

Kate & Gerry McCann

Nick Brown

Sports Direct

Richard Caring

Work highlights

  • Acted for 'NT1' and 'NT2' in their ground-breaking claims against Google LLC.
  • Secured full Court apology and £110,000 in libel damages from The Mail on Sunday for top criminal QC Sasha Wass.
  • Represented Richard Burgon MP in his libel claim against the Sun's "Nazi symbols" claim.
  • Secured a front-page apology, substantial libel damages and legal costs from Jewish News after publishing false allegations about Baroness Warsi.
  • Represented Nick Brown MP in his claim against Faber & Faber publishing house and bestselling political author Tom Bower in relation to his book "Broken Vows – Tony Blair, The Tragedy of Power".
Leading individuals

Adam Tudor - Carter-Ruck

Nigel Tait - Carter-Ruck

Next Generation Partners

Rebecca Toman - Carter-Ruck

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