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Support the Carter-Ruck Christmas Stamp Appeal!

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Help us ensure that more BBC investigations get quietly shelved!

The “One Show” had an excellent feature last night on the Libel Reform campaign, with a truly illuminating contribution (3 mins 55) from Carter-Ruck’s Nigel Tait.

Asked by Mitch Benn why his firm charged such astronomical fees, Tait cited several critical factors, including the high cost of central London office space, and the fact that “we have to write long and expensive letters”.

It struck me that these letters must be very, very, very long indeed – and the postage quite staggeringly costly – to necessitate charging £500 an hour to send them. Poor Nigel Tait must have to write hundreds of thousands of words each time, on dozens of pages of extremely heavy paper.

And then I had an idea. Back in October, the “Twittersphere” mobilised en masse to destroy Carter-Ruck’s Trafigura super-injunction – maybe now it’s time to lend them a hand (it is nearly Christmas, after all). If every person who Tweeted about #Trafigura were to send Carter-Ruck a little book of six First Class postage stamps, maybe this would help to offset some of the humungous expense of all these legal letters that they keep having to write.

So please spare a thought for the libel lawyers this Christmas! Carter-Ruck’s address is 6, St Andrews Street, London EC4A 3EA, and you can buy stamps online here, or at most newsagents.

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Written by Richard Wilson

December 17, 2009 at 1:07 am

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  1. I’m sure the good people of this blog could come up with a suitable idea for this:

    The Royal Mail allow you to design your own stamps, perhaps with a picture of a loved one, or family pet.

    Perhaps the stamps could have a picture of Ivory Coast on them, or the legend “English Libel is Carter-Rucked”.

    You know you want to…..



    December 17, 2009 at 9:11 am

    • Nice idea! Any takers?

      Richard Wilson

      December 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

      • Just emailed you a wee design – a christmas present with the label ‘’. Keeping it simple so thats legible on a small stamp



        December 17, 2009 at 11:42 am

  2. [...] that the “reputation management” firms that bring them are willing and able to charge more for an hour’s work than many of us earn in a [...]

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