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Nigel is the Managing Partner at Carter-Ruck.  He is also the head of the  Media Department.  His 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.


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


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


Nottingham University (1985 BA Hons).

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London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

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Nigel TaitCarter-Ruck

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 associate Mathilde Groppo is also recommended.