Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 142 (Mar)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Lord Woolf CJ, Laws and Dyson LJJ

Representation Alastair Wilson QC, Stephen Bate and Jeremy Reed for the claimant.
  Richard Spearman QC for the newspaper.
Judgment Dates: 11 March 2002


Confidential information - Disclosure - Interim injunction against disclosure of information - Newspaper intending to publish articles relating to claimant's extra-marital affairs - Whether law affording protection of confidentiality to facts concerning sexual relations outside marriage - Whether newspaper's right to freedom of expression outweighed by claimant's right to confidentiality - Guidance on grant of interim injunctions in cases of confidentiality - s 12 - European Convention on Human Rights, art 10.

The Case

The grant of an interim injunction in a claim for breach of confidence brought by a well-known footballer against a national newspaper and the footballer's ex-lover was an unjustified interference with the freedom of the press.

Practice Areas

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