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

Carter-Ruck is the go-to firm for a number of notable individuals and organisations facing threats to their reputations and privacy on both a domestic and international stage. In addition, the team also acts for a series of internationally-focused publishers and broadcasters. Practice head and managing partner Nigel Tait has a strong track record in litigation, regularly securing front page apologies in national newspapers. Adam Tudor typically handles reputational matters for multinational corporations, as well as NGOs and high-profile politicians and celebrities. Persephone Bridgman Baker specialises in defamation, privacy and data protection, while Rebecca Toman is experienced in blackmail and harassment matters, as well as other forms of crisis management. Senior associate Mathilde Groppo is experienced in acting for both claimants and defendants, while senior associate Helena Shipman handles misuse of private information and data protection claims.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Tait

Other key lawyers:

Adam Tudor; Persephone Bridgman Baker; Rebecca Toman; Helena Shipman; Mathilde Groppo; Claire Gill; James Watkins; Dominic Garner; Antonia Foster


‘Quite simply, the Carter-Ruck lawyers are brilliant; their knowledge of the law is second to none, and their excellent tactical abilities mean that they are always on the ‘front foot’ vs opposing legal teams. With Carter-Ruck on your side, you know that you are receiving the very best support it is possible to have.’

‘Nigel Tait and Persephone Bridgman Baker are truly special. They go to the trouble of finding out exactly what their client is seeking, and then set about achieving that objective in the most time- and cost-effective way possible. They treat each client as if they are the most important person in the world, regardless of how financially significant the case may be for the firm.’

‘Nigel Tait and Helena Shipman worked very well in collaboration and understood the larger picture as well as the particular dynamics on possible solutions.’

‘Nigel Tait was patient in listening and coming to grips with the actual issues. Helena Shipman was aware of particular limitations of dealing with social media but understood what type of possibilities exist to appeal to different platforms.’

‘Helena Shipman from Carter-Ruck is simply the best in her field. Outstanding knowledge, excellent communication skills. Unique skill set and the right person to achieve the best outcome.’

‘Rebecca Toman, Persephone Bridgman Baker and Helena Shipman are all excellent lawyers. Their knowledge, approach and client manner are fundamental reasons as to why clients feel so at ease and understood.’

‘Carter-Ruck is the stand-out solicitors’ firm in reputation management. They are hugely experienced and specialist and their partners and associates are of the highest calibre.’

‘Nigel Tait is one of the star individuals in this area. Despite being a senior statesman he remains very visible and is still a real fee-earner, still involved in the day-to-day practice etc. Persephone Bridgman Baker is very bright and charismatic.’

Key clients

Len McClusky

Mike Ashley

Arvind Tiku

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif

Laura Murray

Ilian Stoimenov

Zoe Harcombe

Dr Ashti Hawrami

Al Jazeera

Richard Parsons

Azeem Rafiq

Susan Hamblin

TF Global Markets Limited

Shaima Dallali

Al-Khair Foundation

Insanity Talent Management Limited

Kate & Gerry McCann

Rached Ghannouchi

Wafic Said

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Carter-Ruck's PIL department is widely respected for its advice on human rights, targeted sanctions, extradition, and INTERPOL notices. The team is also experienced in diplomatic protection, state and diplomatic immunity, and statehood recognition. International department head Guy Martin is a renowned specialist in challenges to targeted sanctions; senior partner Cameron Doley is 'the outstanding figure in this field'; Miranda Rushton advises on matters featuring international law aspects; and Charles Enderby Smith is at partner level since May 2023. Other key advisers include 'phenomenal' consultant Alasdair Pepper, along with 'extremely good' senior associates François Holmey and Lawrence Northmore-Ball.

Practice head(s):

Guy Martin


‘Cameron Doley’s team at Carter-Ruck is unsurpassed in dealing with cases that involve diplomatic or geopolitical complexities.’

‘Immediately identifies what really matters and never loses sight of it.’

‘Cameron Doley is the outstanding figure in this field. He is fiercely intelligent, and has the necessary breadth of vision to satisfy clients’ complex requirements. His work in the sector is often of a landmark nature.’

The senior associates, particularly Lawrence Northmore-Ball and François Holmey, are extremely good – very intelligent and insightful.

‘An excellent team with extensive experience in various public international law areas.’

‘Guy Martin’s long experience in dealing with EU sanctions can be instrumental to success.’

‘Charles Enderby Smith is very capable of navigating through intricate matters.’

Alasdair Pepper is phenomenal.’

Key clients

Al Jazeera Media Network

The State of Qatar

Al Jazeera Media Network

SA Group

SHS Holdings

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Housing 'a strong team with some outstanding individuals', Carter-Ruck acts for states and investors, under a range of arbitral rules, in major investment treaty cases. Senior partner Cameron Doley is 'an outstanding figure in this field'; Guy Martin is a public international law, European law and human rights specialist; and Miranda Rushton is experienced in investor-state and international commercial arbitrations. At senior associate level, Lawrence Northmore-Ball and François Holmey are 'very intelligent and insightful'.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Doley

Other key lawyers:


‘A strong team with some outstanding individuals.’

‘Cameron Doley’s team at Carter-Ruck is unsurpassed in dealing with cases that involve diplomatic or geopolitical complexities.’

‘Cameron Doley is an outstanding figure in this field. He is fiercely intelligent, and has the necessary breadth of vision to satisfy the complex requirements of clients.’

‘They immediately identify what really matters and never lose sight of it.’

‘François Holmey is an incredibly talented senior associate, who does much of the heavy lifting, not only on the client side but also in understanding the legal landscape.’

The senior associates, particularly Lawrence Northmore-Ball and François Holmey, are extremely good – very intelligent and insightful.

‘Lawrence Northmore-Ball is a diligent senior associate with great knowledge of international arbitration.’

‘An extremely diligent team with extensive knowledge of various industries.’

Key clients

The State of Qatar

Al Jazeera Media Network

SHS Holdings

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, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
International Law Cameron Doley
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 Litigation Antonia Foster
Media law / Commercial litigation Rebecca Toman
International law / Sanctions / Media Law Guy Martin
International law / Sanctions Miranda Rushton
Media Law / Commercial Litigation Persephone Bridgman BAker
International law / Sanctions / Media Law Charles Enderby Smith
Media Law / Commercial Litigation Helena Shipman
Media Law / Commercial Litigation Mathilde Groppo
Photo Name Position Profile
Persephone Bridgman Baker photo Persephone Bridgman Baker Persephone is a partner at Carter-Ruck and specialises in media and reputation…
Cameron Doley photo Cameron Doley Cameron is the Senior Partner at Carter-Ruck.  He works in the firm’s…
Charles Enderby Smith photo Charles Enderby Smith Charlie is a partner at Carter-Ruck.  He regularly advises on international law,…
Antonia Foster photo Antonia Foster Antonia specialises in media litigation and reputation management, as well as in…
Dominic Garner photo Dominic Garner Dominic’s principal focus is on Media Litigation.  He has acted in many…
Claire Gill photo Claire Gill Claire is a partner at Carter-Ruck and has over 20 years’ experience…
Mathilde Groppo photo Mathilde Groppo Mathilde is a Senior Associate in the Media Litigation group. Her practice…
François  Holmey photo François Holmey François is a Senior Associate at Carter-Ruck.  He has a wide-ranging practice…
Guy Martin photo Guy Martin Guy Martin is head of the International and European Law Group at…
Lawrence Northmore-Ball photo Lawrence Northmore-Ball Lawrence is a Senior Associate at Carter-Ruck. He acts for both claimants…
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 Shipman Senior Associate:  Helena advises on defamation, misuse of private information and data…
Nigel Tait photo Nigel Tait Nigel is the Managing Partner at Carter-Ruck.  He is also the head…
Rebecca Toman photo Rebecca Toman Rebecca is a partner at Carter-Ruck.  She acts for UK and non…
Adam Tudor photo Adam Tudor Partner specialising in media and reputation management as well as commercial dispute…
James Watkins photo James Watkins James is a solicitor practising in the Media Litigation and Commercial Litigation…
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15