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TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 1

Carter-Ruck's 'powerhouse team' for defamation and reputation management makes it the 'number one choice in the industry' for celebrities, politicians, leading business people, and companies and organisations, according to one client. Largely focused on claimant work, the team advises on the full spectrum of rights regarding defamation and has a strong track record in obtaining privacy injunctions. Practice head Nigel Tait is widely regarded as a go-to claimant lawyer, acting on behalf of UHNWs and HNWs in harassment, blackmail and privacy disputes. The strength of the team is reflected across its partners; Adam Tudor is an experienced media litigator handling sensitive political and geopolitical issues for high-profile politicians; Rebecca Toman regularly undertakes both claimant and defendant work at the pre- and post-publication stage, whilst Claire Gill is an expert in data protection legislation, including GDPR and 'right to be forgotten' claims. The team has a strong pool of talent on the associate end, in particular, the 'outstanding' Helena ShipmanPersephone Bridgman Baker and Mathilde Groppo are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Tait

Other key lawyers:


‘The media and reputation management team at Carter-Ruck fully deserve their reputation of being the very best in the business. They are the go-to firm for this area of work. They offer unrivalled experience and depth of knowledge.’

‘Carter-Ruck has a level of quality unmatched by any other firm in the area and is the number one choice in the industry.’

‘Nigel Tait heads a powerhouse team of highly experienced, knowledgeable, tactically astute and phenomenally dedicated lawyers. Their collective experience is unrivalled. Their culture diverse and unique.’

‘Adam Tudor is supremely tactically gifted, a delight with clients, but not afraid to tell hard truths when needed. Nigel Tait’s knowledge of the field is second to none. ‘

‘Nigel Tait  is the doyen of the reputational management, media and privacy fields. He is masterful – completely unmatched in his tactical astuteness, expertise and strategic thinking. Pleasant and approachable despite his status within the sector.’

‘Claire Gill provides exceptional client service, being very responsive and attentive and solution focussed.’

‘Persephone Bridgman Baker and Mathilde Groppo work together frequently and are a formidable team. They recently acted in a very unpleasant and difficult blackmail victim case and handled it effectively and sensitively.’

‘Rebecca Toman was a pleasure to work with. She had excellent knowledge of the law and communicated all options/strategy concisely and effectively. Rebecca clearly has a very sharp mind and doesn’t miss a thing. Helena Shipman is an outstanding individual – one of the leading associates in the area. Very shrewd and knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Simon Cowell

Naz Shah MP

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

Palestinian Return Centre and its Chairman, Majed al-Zeer

Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi

Nectar Trust

Shehbaz Sharif, President of the PML-N party

Interpal Trustees

Mike Ashley

Al Jazeera Media Network

Sand Van Roy

Yusuf Islam

Dr Elly Hanson

Kate & Gerry McCann

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland

Wafic Saïd

Middle East Eye

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Carter-Ruck's 'particularly good' PIL team is sought out for its advice on human rights, including the application of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development guidelines to multinational enterprises. In addition, the firm advises clients on targeted sanctions, mutual legal assistance, extradition, Red INTERPOL notices, bids for independence and statehood recognition, and diplomatic protection. The 'brilliant' Guy Martin leads the firm's international law practice, which includes 'very trusted' senior partner Cameron Doley, whose clients include governments, heads of state and leading political figures. Alasdair Pepper, assists clients with arbitrations under several institutions' rules. Senior associates Charles Enderby SmithLawrence Northmore-Ball and François Holmey also advise on PIL issues.

Practice head(s):

Guy Martin

Other key lawyers:


Carter-Ruck are particularly good at dealing with cases that have political and geopolitical sensitivities. This comes from the fact that they do a lot of work in the diplomatic sector, which in itself makes them uniquely placed.

Huge experience in the area, particularly sanctions, with several notable successes over the course of the year.

The collaboration among the team, including the recommendation and selection of barristers (and co-ordinating with them closely throughout) was in my view one of the strengths I experienced when dealing with Carter Ruck and the team assigned to my case.

One of the few firms in London with a specialist public international law department, headed by the brilliant Guy Martin.

Guy Martin is a senior lawyer of impeccable judgement, with an exceptional work ethic and fundamental decency – a powerful combination.

Guy Martin is a clear leader in the field.

Cameron Doley has huge political and diplomatic experience, and is very well known in political circles in the countries I work within – and very trusted as a consequence.

Senior associate Charles Enderby Smith is a future superstar.

Key clients

Al Jazeera Media Network

The State of Qatar

Sheikh Yassin Abdullah Kadi

Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Hosni Mubarak

Fahd Mohamed Sakher Ben El-Materi

Alaa Mubarak

Gamal Mubarak

Suha Arafat

Qatar Embassy

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Carter-Ruck‘s team handles substantial contractual disputes, contentious matters involving shareholder/partnership issues, professional negligence cases, and disputes relating to fraud and breaches of confidence. Adam Tudor is well-known for his strengths in media litigation and reputation management. Antonia Foster and Claire Gill are other recommended individuals at the firm.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

Carter-Ruck's geographical case distribution covers Eastern Europe/CIS, South Asia and the Middle East. Senior partner and international arbitration head Cameron Doley acts in large-scale investor-state, state-on-state and treaty claims; Alasdair Pepper has considerable experience in managing complex international arbitrations; and senior associate Lawrence Northmore-Ball is 'a very capable lawyer'.

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Doley; Alasdair Pepper; Lawrence Northmore-Ball; Francois Holmey; Charles Enderby Smith; Jennifer Harvey


The Carter-Ruck international arbitration team is excellent.

Technically strong and easy to work with.

Carter-Ruck is particularly good at dealing with cases that have political sensitivities and geopolitical sensitivities.

Cameron Doley has forged his team and made it what it is. He has huge political and diplomatic experience and is very well known in political circles in the countries I work within and is very trusted in consequence.

Cameron Doley is very easy to work with, with the ability to step in and deal with more complex issues when necessary.

Cameron Doley provides assured and well-informed leadership.

Senior associate Lawrence Northmore-Ball is a very capable lawyer and easy to work with.

Key clients

Al Jazeera Media Network

The State of Qatar

Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – FIFA World Cup 2022


Qatar Armed Forces

beIN Media Group


One of the U’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, Supreme Court, 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.

Senior Partner / International Law Cameron Doley
Managing Partner / Media law / Commercial Litigation Nigel Tait
Media law / International Law Alasdair Pepper
Media law / Commercial Litigation Nigel Tait
Media law / Commercial litigation Claire Gill
Media law / Commercial litigation Adam Tudor
Media law / Commercial Litigatio Antonia Foster
Media law / Commercial litigatio Rebecca Toman
International law / Media Law Guy Martin
International law Miranda Rushton
Cameron Doley  photo Cameron Doley Carter-Ruck’s senior partner, Cameron works in the firm’s international law practice, specialising…
Antonia Foster  photo Antonia Foster Antonia specialises in media litigation and reputation management, as well as in…
Claire Gill  photo Claire Gill Claire has over 20 years’ experience as a High Court litigator. Claire’s…
Guy Martin  photo Guy Martin Guy Martin is head of the International and European Law Group at…
Alasdair Pepper  photo Alasdair Pepper Alasdair is one of the most experienced media lawyers in the business.…
Miranda Rushton  photo Miranda Rushton Miranda advises on matters with an international law or diplomatic dimension including…
Helena Shipman photo Helena ShipmanSenior Associate:  Helena advises on defamation, misuse of private information and data…
Nigel Tait  photo Nigel Tait Partner in Media Department. Main area of practice is media law, acting…
Rebecca Toman  photo Rebecca Toman Partner
Adam Tudor  photo Adam Tudor Partner specialising in media and reputation management as well as commercial dispute…
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 17