Claire Gill > Carter-Ruck > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Media Litigation


Claire has over 20 years’ experience as a High Court litigator. Claire’s practice focuses on defamation and privacy, in addition to data protection and protection from harassment. Claire also undertakes complex High Court commercial litigation, including claims for professional negligence and financial mis-selling.

Claire recently led the ground-breaking litigation against Google which established the so-called ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ in England and Wales. The court ordered Google to delist results about a man’s past conviction from searches against his name, upholding his claim for breach of data protection rights and misuse of private information. The case addressed what the judge called ‘novel questions which have never yet been considered in this court.’ For this, Claire was named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times newspaper.

Claire has worked on a wide variety of cases, including complex libel litigation to trial and in the appellate courts (for example Berezovsky v Fridman, in which a jury awarded Mr Berezovsky £50,000 in damages and Berezovsky v Terluk (in which Mr Berezovsky was awarded £150,000 in libel damages), defending a Twitter libel, and numerous claims against various national newspapers and broadcasters. Recently, Claire acted for Impresa Publishing SA, a leading Portuguese publisher defending a libel claim brought by a Portuguese-Angolan national whose claim was struck out as an abuse of process.

Claire’s clients include politicians, celebrities, business people, professionals and academics. She likes to work with her clients to find practical solutions to their problems. She has considerable experience in reputation management, providing urgent trouble-shooting advice pre-publication or pre-broadcast and, often working alongside PR advisors, she gives discreet advice to companies and high-profile individuals on how to deal with unwanted media scrutiny generally.

Claire maintains a broad media practice extending to advice on passing off and trade mark infringement and regularly gives lectures and conducts seminars on the subject of defamation and privacy and reputation management.

Claire has acted on behalf of a large number of individuals and businesses against banks relating to the mis-selling of derivative products. In 2014, she acted for a company in liquidation in a claim for professional negligence against the company’s former solicitors, which resulted in a payment in damages of £10m.

Claire is a member of the business advisory board of the School of Business and Law at the University of East London.


Articled Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners; qualified 1996; partner 2000; qualified as solicitor-advocate 2006. Regularly lectures in defamation law.




Newent School, Gloucestershire; University of Exeter and University of Aix-Marseilles (1992 LLB Euro); Nottingham Law School (1994 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

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.

London > Risk advisory > Reputation management

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.