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It was Nigel Tait and his team at Carter-Ruck who obtained the injunction of the year in the celebrity threesome case, PJS v News Group Newspapers. On appeal, the Supreme Court upheld the injunction, insisting that the media in England and Wales should be barred from revealing the claimants’ identities. One commentator told the Telegraph the ruling was ‘the strongest statement we have had from the highest court in the land on this, ever.’ Not content with this high profile victory, Tait’s direction of working is heading towards financial services too, as more and more HNWs, especially in the wake of the Panama Papers leak, are having their bank accounts closed. ‘We challenge that, find out the reasons [why they are closed] and try to reverse it.’ Unlike many
lawyers he is not conflicted so can sue banks, insurers and financial advisers and has already won his clients tens of millions in claims for mis-selling and other breaches of duty. Carter-Ruck’s esteemed head of defamation and media law is hailed as a ‘mentor’ in his field by peers. Known for securing six-figure payouts and other remedies for celebrities like Simon Cowell, Bryan Adams, Liam Gallagher, James Blunt, Frank Warren and Frank Bruno as well as acting for corporate giants such as Tesco, Tait is currently suing Google over the right to be forgotten, regarding the world’s number one search engine as defying its obligations over data protection and privacy. ‘Overall Google has taken down 43 per cent of the links when requested,’ he says, adding that Carter-Ruck alone has successfully had thousands of links removed, using laws on data protection, breach of privacy, libel, copyright and the right to be forgotten. But there are still battles to be fought where Google attempts to argue that material should remain online ‘in the public interest’. The internet giant is still relatively slow, he says, given the speed information is transferred and leaked online. ‘[Materials] can spread like wildfire — literally hours and minutes can make a difference.’

Nigel Tait