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Nigel Tait

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Carter-Ruck

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Media Litigation & Commercial Litigation

Position

Partner in Media Department. Main area of practice is media law, acting mainly for claimants. Cases of interest include Beta Construction -v- Channel 4 (award of £568,000 - highest ever libel award paid to a company); Telnikoff -v- Matusevitch (first libel case to go to the House of Lords for over a decade - award of £240,000); acted for successful party (PJS) in PJS -v- News Group Newspapers (first case in which Supreme Court has given Judgement on an interim application restraining a breach of privacy); Jack Slipper -v- BBC (£50,000 damages - leading case on liability for republication); X -v- Y (settlement of £200,000 plus costs); Jonathan Hunt (aged 6) -v- The Sun (settlement of £35,000 plus costs to mother and son - youngest ever libel plaintiff); Farargay -v- Al Hayat (award of £170,000 plus costs); Scholar -v- Mail (award of £100,000 plus costs); Gorman -v- Mudd (award of £150,000 plus costs); Morelli -v- Sunday Times (award of £45,000 plus costs - first conditional fee libel action to go to trial); Kirby Harris -v- Baxter (leading case on trial by jury); Victor Kiam -v- Sunday Times (£45,000 plus costs - upheld by the Court of Appeal); Shah -v- Standard Chartered Bank (leading case on reasonable grounds to suspect); Kiam -v- The Mirror (award of £105,000 plus costs - upheld by the Court of Appeal); Walker -v- Newcastle Chronicle (settlement of £100,000 plus costs); Rahamim -v- Channel 4 and Ors (Settlement of £175,000 plus costs and broadcast apology on Channel 4 news); X -v- Sunday Sport (injunction to restrain publication obtained within two hours of receiving instructions); Y -v- Sunday Sport and Anor (injunction in the new tort of privacy resulting in the pulping of 40,000 copies of a magazine); Rahamim -v- Dennis Publishing (settlement of £30,000 plus costs during first “offer of amends” trial). Acted for Sir Elton John against the Sunday Times, Mirror and Mail (who apologised to Sir Elton and paid £100,000 in damages plus costs). Acted for City banker Piotr Tymula in his successful defence of a libel action brought by former colleague Svetlana Lokhova. Nigel has obtained numerous injunctions preventing breaches of privacy and has spoken at the Oxford Union Debating Society on three occasions on the reform of libel and privacy laws.

Career

Qualified in 1988, having joined the firm in 1986. Appointed Partner in 1990. Reappointed Managing Partner in 2012.

Member

Member of Law Society Privacy, Defamation and Pre-Action Protocol Working committees.

Education

Nottingham University (1985 BA Hons).

Leisure

Family, football.


London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel Tait - Carter-Ruck

Within: Reputation management

Carter-Ruckremains at the top of the field’ and is ‘a pre-eminent law firm for reputation matters’. The team is led by ‘the powerhouse to call in any media-related crisisNigel Tait; he ‘regularly puts clients at ease with his shrewd, pragmatic advice and is an exceptional, tenacious and clever practitioner’. Other individuals singled out include the ‘exceptionally experiencedRuth Collard; Cameron Doley; the ‘thoughtful and conscientiousClaire Gill; Guy Martin; Alasdair Pepper; the ‘intellectually rigorousAdam Tudor; and recently promoted partners Rebecca Toman and Antonia Foster. Recent highlights include acting for a high-profile individual in a dispute before the Supreme Court against News Group Newspapers regarding an interim injunction restricting publication of the claimant’s identity, and representing the Mahmood family in a libel claim against Katie Hopkins and the MailOnline. Simon Cowell, Kate and Gerry McCann, Bryan Adams, James Blunt and the Qatari royal family are also clients.

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