Case Law: Re J (A Child), Limiting the scope of injunctions in family cases – Hugh Tomlinson QC

5 11 2013

MUNBY_2629027bIn the case of Re J (A Child) ([2013] EWHC 2694 (Fam), the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, considered an application for a contra mundum injunction by Staffordshire County Council.  He emphasised that the only proper purpose of such an injunction was to protect the child and refused to make an order in the wide terms sought by the Council.  As a result, he allowed the publication of video footage and photographs of a baby being removed from its parents. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Ambrosiadou v Coward: Final Injunctions and Third Parties – Sara Mansoori

2 02 2013

AmbrosiadouOne aspect of the long running, international litigation between Elena Ambrosiadou and Martin Coward has finally come to an end with Mr Coward agreeing to submit to a permanent injunction and to pay £50,000 in damages to settle the privacy proceedings brought against him by his former wife. Ms Ambrosiadou’s Press Release and the Statement in Open Court can be read here. Read the rest of this entry »





RocknRoll and News Group Newspapers (and “The Trouble with Harry”) – Jonathan McCully

22 01 2013

Edward Rocknroll was granted an interim-injunction pending trial on 8 January 2013, which prevented the Sun from publishing a potentially embarrassing photograph of  him in its paper ([2013] EWHC 24 (Ch)). Following the hearing, Mr Rocknroll and his wife, Kate Winslet made the following statement“We have stopped the Sun from publishing semi-naked photos of Ned taken by a friend at a private 21st birthday party a few years ago. The photos are innocent but embarrassing and there is no reason to splash them across a newspaper.  We recognise that in the internet age privacy is harder and harder to maintain. But we will continue to do what we can, particularly to protect Kate’s children from the results of media intrusion. We refuse to accept that her career means our family can’t live a relatively normal life”. Read the rest of this entry »





How should privacy injunctions be reported? – Judith Townend

10 09 2012

The recommended procedure and law around privacy injunctions “isn’t quite fit for purpose” according to Gideon Benaim, a partner at Michael Simkins LLP (formerly of Schillings), in an article published, in the Guardian (and reposted on Inforrm).   I would like to respond with a couple of questions/points. Read the rest of this entry »





Analysis: Privacy cases re-visited, a year on from Super Injunction Spring – Judith Townend

7 08 2012

A year on from the introduction of the Master of the Rolls’ Practice Guidance, six privacy injunctions have been discharged, but with the claimant’s anonymity maintained in each case. The British media, however, hasn’t had much to say. Read the rest of this entry »