A seasoned solicitor of 22 years’ experience (all at Carter-Ruck), Gill says complexity lies not within the law itself: ‘The basic principles are the same, but the mode of publication has forced the law to adapt.’
The transmutation of online outlets means there are constant challenges, she says, as (often anonymous) threats transcend jurisdictions. It’s a cat-and-mouse game: ‘You
don’t always have an easy defendant to pursue.’
She recalls dealing with an elusive defendant in the ‘extraordinary’ libel case of Berezovsky v Terluk, where she represented Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky after he was accused on television of the murder of former secret service officer Alexander Litvinenko: ‘We spent two years trying to locate Mr Terluk, who to our surprise turned up at our offices asking to set aside judgment in default.’ The outcome was successful, as her client was awarded £150,000 in damages.
Despite the speed and skills (and weekends) required, Gill says the results she strives for are often worth the effort: ‘That’s quite a satisfying aspect of this job, because you can achieve something real.’