Category Archives: Media

In BUQ v HRE, Mr Justice Warby granted the claimant summary judgment and a permanent injunction prohibiting the disclosure of private information even though a cross-application to commit the claimant for contempt of court was to be determined at a later date. Facts The claimant was the CEO of a large group of companies and … Continue reading Summary judgment and permanent injunction granted prohibiting the disclosure of private information despite cross-application for contempt to be determined at a later date

In Aitken v DPP , Mr Justice Warby in the High Court (giving the lead judgment for a panel of three judges) held that individuals such as newspaper editors can be convicted under section 39(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 of the offence of breaching reporting restrictions, which applies to “any person … Continue reading High Court dismisses newspaper editor’s appeal against conviction and fine for publication of a story in breach of an anonymity order

The importance of providing full and frank disclosure in without notice applications was recently evidenced in the case of YXB v TNO. As a result of the claimant’s material non-disclosure, the High Court discharged orders granted in the claimant’s favour and denied a privacy injunction for the future. The claimant, a Premier League footballer, had … Continue reading Premier League footballer’s injunction overturned owing to lack of full and frank disclosure

An injunction granted by Mr Justice Warby illustrates both the issues arising in respect of obtaining injunctions against “persons unknown” and also the technical difficulties in obtaining injunctions restraining any matter relating to news reporting. The applicants were Katherine Kerner and her son Jack. They had sustained press attention because in December the husband of … Continue reading Unknown unknowns in Kerner v (1) WX (2) YZ (Persons Unknown)

On Friday, Mrs Justice Roberts lifted a ban on naming Miss Olive Howell, who she jailed for contempt of court for seven days last Tuesday. Mrs Justice Roberts originally granted the reporting restriction on Tuesday last week during an open hearing for the committal of Miss Howell following her failure to comply with a court order … Continue reading Contempt mother named in High Court

In 2011, superinjunctions were the talk of the town. Fast forward to 2014, not a single application for a privacy injunction was made in London between January and June. In the age of social media, has seeking a privacy injunction become completely pointless? Max Mosley was back in the High Court last week, trying to … Continue reading Are privacy superinjunctions now obsolete?

In AMM v News Group Newspapers, the High Court has granted a privacy injunction to restrain the Sun on Sunday publishing information about a sexual relationship that the applicant, an individual, had in 2011. The Sun on Sunday had undertaken to the applicant not to publish the information within seven days but refused to give … Continue reading First privacy injunction against the media since January 2013

In Novartis Pharmaceuticals v Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, Mrs Justice McGowan granted an injunction against “persons unknown” under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. This was the first time such an injunction was granted against “persons unknown” to restrain possible acts of harassment. Injunctions against “persons unknown” were developed in the early 2000s, first in … Continue reading “Persons unknown” in harassment proceedings

MLA is a “talented performing artist” who suffered many years of sexual abuse at school which traumatised him and led to years of severe mental illness. He has authored a semi-autobiographical book which described the past abuse and the illnesses he has suffered as a result. The Court of Appeal described his book as “striking … Continue reading OPO v MLA: Interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal under principle in Wilkinson v Downton

In Ashworth v The Royal National Theatre, the High Court rejected an application by a group of professional musicians for an interim injunction in relation to or specific performance of their contract with the National Theatre. The claimants were engaged to play live during the theatre production War Horse. However, the defendant decided that the … Continue reading Specific performance: court rejects application for an interim injunction or specific performance in relation to musicians’ contract