Carter-Ruck’s battle-hardened disputes partner Adam Tudor has had an extremely busy year, coordinating worldwide efforts to take down highly intrusive images infringing the privacy of high profile celebrities. Alongside the celebrities (he famously acts for singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, and a roster of celebrated sportspeople and broadcasters), he also represents sovereign rulers, multinational companies, and leading politicians of all stripes. Tudor won his reputation on some of the toughest cases around, including his well-known work over many years on behalf of Kate and Gerry McCann. Protecting their reputation against defamatory claims concerning the disappearance of their daughter, he secured unprecedented front page apologies in the press and hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages, which were used to fund the worldwide search for Madeleine. Another recent celebrated case saw him win a six-figure award against (and forced the first ever apology by) columnist Katie Hopkins on behalf of two members of the Mahmood family, whom she falsely accused of being extremists with terrorist links. Instructions from individuals facing such false allegations are sadly increasingly common. Cases with a sharp edge particularly suit Tudor, whose recent mandates include work for a Middle East-focused media organisation defending itself against politically charged allegations, and the leader of an Asian political party facing allegations of serious wrongdoing. Tudor says Carter-Ruck’s client base and the firm’s particular expertise allow him to combine media litigation and strategic reputation management with a real aptitude for handling delicate political and geopolitical issues. ‘That frisson of political tension is one of the things that makes my job so interesting,’ he says.
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