Case Law: BBC v Roden, Open justice, anonymity and the protection of reputation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

18 06 2015

BBCIn the case of BBC v Roden ([2015] UKEAT 0385_14_1205) Simler J sitting as the Employment Appeal Tribunal overturned a remarkable anonymity order which had been made at the conclusion of Employment Tribunal proceedings to protect the reputation of a claimant who had misled his employers and reaffirmed the importance of open justice. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: A healthcare NHS Trust v P and Q, Transparency in the Court of Protection, press should be allowed names – Rosalind English

22 03 2015

312856-002.jpgIn the case of A healthcare NHS Trust v P & Q ([2015] EWCOP 15) the Court of Protection has clarified the position on revealing the identity of an incapacitated adult where reporting restrictions apply. Read the rest of this entry »

The cloak of anonymity? The naming of rape victims on social media – Clare Brown

20 02 2015

anonymous-femaleThe Ched Evans rape case has polarised opinion, so it’s time for some straight talking. The woman in question is entitled to remain anonymous under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992. The legislation makes it quite clear that the victim in a case of rape is entitled to anonymity in the press.  Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: SRJ v Persons Unknown, Company loses bid to identify blog author – Media Lawyer

20 07 2014

AnonymityIn the case of SRJ v Persons Unknown ([2014] EWHC 2293 (QB)) a Government contractor has failed in a bid to persuade a judge to order a firm of solicitors to give it the identity of one of its clients who is alleged to have published confidential information in internet blogs. Read the rest of this entry »

Online confessions: the veneer of anonymity – Rhory Robertson and James Hooper

17 07 2014

anonymous-internet-surfer-300x199We are all concerned, or at least we are told we ought to be, with the preservation of our online privacy and confidential information to be contrasted with a pervasive social need to confess intimate or embarrassing details about ourselves.  Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Scotland: A v BBC, Anonymity order compatible with Convention and common law – Rosalind English

19 05 2014

anonymity21The appeal in the case of A v BBC ([2014] UKSC 25) related to whether the Scottish Courts took the correct approach to prohibit the publication of a name or other matter in connection with court proceedings under section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, and whether the court’s discretion was properly exercised in this case.  The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the appeal by the BBC. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: JC v Central Criminal Court, Anonymity protection for under age defendants expires when they are 18 – Rosalind English

10 04 2014

male-female-silhouetteThe case of J & T v Central Criminal Court ([2014] EWHC 1041 (QB)) raised the question whether an order made under s. 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 prohibiting the identification of (among others) a defendant under the age of 18 years, can last indefinitely or whether it automatically expires when that person attains the age of 18 years. Sir Brian Leveson P, giving the judgment of the Court, said that this point: Read the rest of this entry »


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