Carter-Ruck’s Rebecca Toman has this year further cemented her position among the UK’s leading reputation lawyers, following her success in the landmark ‘celebrity threesome’ case of PJS v News Group Newspapers. It was the first time the Supreme Court upheld an injunction restraining a breach of privacy, creating a de facto privacy law in England. The case was also unprecedented because the Supreme Court took just two days from the application being lodged for the appeal to be argued in front of the court — something which normally takes months if not years. The press may not have liked it, but they couldn’t conceal the scale of Carter-Ruck’s win, with the Telegraph reporting ‘PJS heralds the return of the court injunction’ and ‘Judges create UK Privacy Law’. Toman is no stranger to the likes of these headline-grabbing, groundbreaking decisions — she also had success in Sarah Lynette Webb v Lewis Silkin, a case in which a solicitor sued a law firm for reading her personal emails. The case clarified the right of an individual whose privacy has been breached to set the record straight in open court, even where the breach of privacy rights was not done in public but to a confined group of people, and to give the claimant the opportunity to clarify their reason for suing and explain precisely how the breach has caused them damage and distress.
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