Carter-Ruck, Peter F(rederick) 1914-2003
CARTER-RUCK, Peter F(rederick) 1914-2003
See index for CA sketch: Born February 26, 1914, in Hove, Sussex, England; died December 19, 2003, in Great Hallingbury, Essex, England. Attorney and author. Carter-Ruck gained prominence in England as a libel lawyer representing royalty and other prominent members of British society against various newspapers. Never attending university, he was educated at St. Edward's public school before qualifying to work as a solicitor with the law firm Lee Bolton & Lee. With the beginning of World War II, he joined the British Army as a gunner in the Royal Artillery, serving with distinction and rising to the rank of captain. In 1944, he returned to law, joining the firm of Oswald Hickson, Collier & Co. as a senior partner. At first, Carter-Ruck's cases involved defending newspapers against lawsuits, but he later switched sides, so to speak, to defend prominent people from slanderous stories printed in the press. Carter-Ruck represented such elite members of society as Lord Beaverbrook, Lord Weidenfeld, Neil and Christine Hamilton, Lord Rothermere, Princess Elizabeth of Toro, and Randolph Churchill (the son of Winston). His ability to win cases and the high fees he commanded made Carter-Ruck's name synonymous with high-profile libel cases and earned him both scorn from opponents and respect from clients. When the partners at Oswold Hickson urged him to retire, Carter-Ruck left to form his own law firm, Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, in 1981. He continued to run his firm until 1998, going into semiretirement as a legal consultant for his former firm until 2000; he also served as a consultant to the firms M Law and Pellys, and he was a fellow for the Society for Advanced Legal Studies from 1998 to 2003. Carter-Ruck wrote about his experiences in his Memoirs of a Libel Lawyer (1990). He was also the author of Libel and Slander (1972; 4th edition published as Carter-Ruck on Libel and Slander, 1992).
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
Independent (London, England), December 22, 2003, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2003, p. B11.
Times (London, England), December 22, 2003.
"Carter-Ruck, Peter F(rederick) 1914-2003." Contemporary Authors. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 14, 2018). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/carter-ruck-peter-frederick-1914-2003
"Carter-Ruck, Peter F(rederick) 1914-2003." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved November 14, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/carter-ruck-peter-frederick-1914-2003
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.