Peter Carter-Ruck

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Peter Frederick Carter-Ruck (26 February 1914 - 19 December 2003) was an English solicitor specialising in libel cases. He founded the firm Carter-Ruck which is known for aggressively pursuing libel actions on behalf of wealthy clients. After he died in 2003, David Hooper, a former partner in Carter-Ruck, described Peter Carter-Ruck in the Guardian as a 'dedicated liar and a reactionary with a lust for cash'. He said Carter-Ruck 'had a chilling effect on the media' and that 'he did for freedom of speech what the Boston Strangler did for door-to-door salesmen.' [1]


Carter-Ruck, founder
Garrick Club, member [2]


  1. David Hooper, 'The Carter-Ruck chill', Guardian, 23 December 2003
  2. CARTER-RUCK, Peter Frederick’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 [Accessed 3 March 2010]