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

Working to the ‘very highest standards across the board’, the team at Carter-Ruck assists high-profile clients facing the publication of untrue or intrusive allegations in traditional media, TV, radio, and social media platforms. The team supports a number of political figures, celebrities, and multinational companies, working closely with clients’ in-house PR teams to advise them on the full range of political rights regarding defamation and privacy. ‘Master strategist’ Nigel Tait heads up the practice with a formidable record of securing front page apologies by major newspapers and injunctions on defamatory publications. Specialist media litigator Adam Tudor regularly handles complex pre-publication matters alongside senior associate Helena Shipman, while Persephone Bridgman Baker advises clients on the misuse of private information and harassment. Rebecca Toman expertly handles both claimant and defendant work for UHNWIs and HNWIs, and commercial litigator Claire Gill has considerable expertise with GDPR and the Right to be Forgotten. Senior associates Mathilde Groppo and Dominic Garner are also recommended.

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‘The team is absolutely amazing, very strong legal mind that supports the clients goals and objectives. They spend time with the client understanding any broader requirements that impact the commercial framework.’

‘Mathilde Groppo has a responsiveness to her clients, and a work ethic that is truly unparalleled. She combines an expert knowledge in defamation law with delivering at extreme speed. She manages to conduct herself professionally while still maintaining extreme empathy for her clients who are struggling due to serious defamation.’

‘Nigel Tait is a master strategist and canny negotiator, well able to take the flak his high profile clients generate. Adam Tudor is able to wring every last advantage out of cases and is excellent with the most demanding of clients. Helena Shipman is immensely hard-working – gets into the weeds of cases with real gusto. James Watkins offers details-hungry support. The number of outstanding persons mean that teams can be put together for all types of cases and most budgets.’

‘Carter-Ruck provides the most amazing support for its clients. The quality of its legal advice is second to none – it finds solutions for problems which both achieve the positive outcomes one seeks and does so in a cost-effective way.’

‘Nigel Tait and Persephone Bridgman Baker are excellent lawyers and extremely supportive advisers to clients, during periods when a client is most in need of wise counsel. They seek innovative solutions to problems, and support their clients at every stage. Quite simply – they are heroes in their field.’

‘Helena Shipman is hugely hardworking, Helena combines an impressive attention to detail with a very warm personality that clients appreciate. Helena and Dominic Garner are both clearly partner material.’

‘Simply the best in the business when it comes to reputation management. Quality throughout, know the sector, and deliver results every time.’

‘The media team work to the very highest standards across the board. They bring enormous experience to every matter and consider problems for all perspectives to obtain an advantage for their clients. The team is hugely experienced and while the firm is known mostly for their work for claimants, they have also excelled in cases acting for defendants.’

Key clients

Abdulhadi Mana Al-Hajri

Al-Khair Foundation and Imam Qasim

Rached Ghannouchi

Kate & Gerry McCann

Azeem Rafiq

Insanity Talent Management Limited

Al Jazeera Media Network

Marc Wadsworth

Ilian Stoimenov

Film director Taghi Amirani and film editor Walter Murch

Jane Cahane

Wafic Said

TF Global Markets (UK) Limited and Adil Siddiqui

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Carter-Ruck‘s international law team is widely praised for its expertise in advising clients who are the subject of targeted sanctions and restrictive measures at domestic, EU or international levels. International law head Guy Martin is ‘an outstanding international lawyer‘; senior partner Cameron Doley acts in cases before the United Nations, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights; and Alasdair Pepper‘s client base includes companies, state heads and political figures. At senior associate level, Charles Enderby Smith advises on international sanctions, while François Holmey and Lawrence Northmore-Ball both act in large PIL cases.

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‘Strong on all aspects of international commercial work, and that expertise also extends to public international work.’

‘Carter-Ruck is a leading firm in various areas, and the team includes a number of star individuals in the field of public international law.’

‘Guy Martin is an outstanding international lawyer. In cases involving sanctions in particular, he has played a pioneering role in the advance of fair procedures in this area.’

‘Guy Martin is a hugely experienced partner who has litigated some of the highest profile cases. He is very knowledgeable, and excellent at seeing the bigger picture and looking after clients.’

‘Guy Martin is wise, thorough and knowledgeable, and has a shrewd tactical sense.’

‘Cameron Doley is a go-to lawyer whenever particularly difficult or sensitive cases arise, especially those with geopolitical aspects. His dedication to his clients’ interests is pretty much unparalleled in my experience, as is his handling of client relations and expectations.’

‘Francois Holmey is a standout senior associate.’

‘Charles Enderby Smith is a senior associate with great experience in dealing with difficult and sensitive commercial cases. A rising name in the field of public international law.

Key clients

Al Jazeera Media Network

The State of Qatar

Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Qatar Embassy

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

Carter-Ruck‘s London team handles arbitrations before major international forums, with its geographical coverage including South Asia, Eastern Europe/CIS and the Middle East. International arbitration head Cameron Doley regularly leads large-scale arbitration claims, while consultant Alasdair Pepper manages complex international arbitrations. Lawrence Northmore-Ball and François Holmey are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Doley

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Pepper; Lawrence Northmore-Ball; François Holmey; Charles Enderby Smith; Jennifer Harvey


‘Top firm for all aspects of reputation management, extending to international arbitration and commercial litigation.’

‘The team members combine their strong industry experience with thorough knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues, to provide clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.’

‘The team at Carter-Ruck is highly experienced and provides an excellent service. It is particularly adept at handling cases that involve political, geopolitical and diplomatic sensitivities, and the lawyers rarely put a foot wrong in such contexts.’

‘Cameron Doley is a go-to lawyer whenever a particularly difficult or sensitive case arises, especially one with geopolitical aspects. His dedication to his clients’ interests is pretty much unparalleled.’

‘Cameron Doley has a first-rate intellect and his analysis of the position (both legally and in terms of wider context) is as good as it gets.’

‘Cameron Doley and senior associate Lawrence Northmore-Ball both provide practical, creative legal advice that focuses on clients’ strategic and commercial objectives.’

‘Lawrence Northmore-Ball is a skilled technical lawyer and an absolute delight to work with.’

‘François Holmey was a standout senior associate. He was on top of all aspects of the legal detail, while also managing client issues very effectively.’

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 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.

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
Persephone Bridgman Baker photo Persephone Bridgman BakerPersephone is a partner at Carter-Ruck and specialises in media and reputation…
Cameron Doley photo Cameron DoleyCameron is the Senior Partner at Carter-Ruck.  He works in the firm’s…
Charles Enderby Smith photo Charles Enderby SmithCharlie is a partner at Carter-Ruck.  He regularly advises on international law,…
Antonia Foster photo Antonia FosterAntonia specialises in media litigation and reputation management, as well as in…
Dominic Garner photo Dominic GarnerDominic’s principal focus is on Media Litigation.  He has acted in many…
Claire Gill photo Claire GillClaire is a partner at Carter-Ruck and has over 20 years’ experience…
Mathilde Groppo photo Mathilde GroppoMathilde is a Senior Associate in the Media Litigation group. Her practice…
François  Holmey photo François HolmeyFrançois is a Senior Associate at Carter-Ruck.  He has a wide-ranging practice…
Guy Martin photo Guy MartinGuy Martin is head of the International and European Law Group at…
Lawrence Northmore-Ball photo Lawrence Northmore-BallLawrence is a Senior Associate at Carter-Ruck. He acts for both claimants…
Alasdair Pepper photo Alasdair PepperAlasdair is one of the most experienced media lawyers in the business.…
Miranda Rushton photo Miranda RushtonMiranda 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 TaitNigel is the Managing Partner at Carter-Ruck.  He is also the head…
Rebecca Toman photo Rebecca TomanRebecca is a partner at Carter-Ruck.  She acts for UK and non…
Adam Tudor photo Adam TudorPartner specialising in media and reputation management as well as commercial dispute…
James Watkins photo James WatkinsJames is a solicitor practising in the Media Litigation and Commercial Litigation…
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15