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Claire Gill

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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).

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Carter-Ruck has ‘a track record of excellence in high-profile privacy and defamation actions’. They boast an impressive client list which includes, celebrities, leading business people, politicians and multinational companies and represented NT1 and NT2 in the right to be forgotten claims against Google. The ‘excellent’ Adam Tudor  successfully represented the Mahmood family in a libel case against Katie Hopkins and MailOnline. ‘Experienced’ partner Nigel Tait  represented Aurora and Ricardo Pierdant in a libel action against Guardian Newspaper. Others names to note include Claire Gill  and Persephone Bridgeman-Baker . Antonia Foster  and Rebecca Toman  have been promoted.

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