The Supreme Court handed down judgment today in the case of OPO v James Rhodes ( UKSC 32). The Court unanimously allowed the appeal by the defendant author from the grant of an injunction by the Court of Appeal ( EWCA Civ 1277) to restrain the publication of a memoir, Instrumental.
Judgment was handed down at 9.45am with a short summary of the case being given by Lord Toulson, the joint author of the leading judgment:
The case has been widely reported in the media, including the following
“Pianist James Rhodes can publish child abuse memoir“, BBC website.
- “Benedict Cumberbatch’s concert pianist friend wins right to publish child abuse memoir“, Daily Telegraph.
- “James Rhodes wins court battle over memoir”, Classical Music.
- “Best-selling concert pianist wins fight to publish sex abuse memoir – backed by his old schoolfriend Benedict Cumberbatch – after US ex-wife got the book banned saying it would harm their son, 11“, Daily Mail.