Media get the go-ahead to report family proceedings – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Journalists will be able to report on family court proceedings for the first time as part of a new pilot in a “big cultural change” to the Family Division. The hope is that the Transparency Reporting Pilot, to be conducted at three courts, will improve transparency and accountability.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th January 2023

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Family Justice: Ostiis Apertis? – Transparency Project

Posted January 12th, 2023 in anonymity, family courts, financial provision, media, news, pilot schemes, privacy by sally

‘On 28 October 2021 the President published the outcome of his Transparency Review: Confidence and Confidentiality: Transparency in the Family Courts.’

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Transparency Project, 12th January 2023

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Solicitor can sue ex-firm for misuse of private WhatsApp messages – Legal Futures

‘A High Court master has rejected what he described as a law firm owner’s attempt to “stifle” a misuse of private information (MPI) claim by a junior solicitor he dismissed by applying to have her case struck out.’

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Legal Futures, 11th January 2023

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Covid loans secrecy is in the public interest, tribunal rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The public interest in preventing prejudice to commercial interests trumps the public interest in publishing details of recipients of emergency Covid loans, the First Tier Tribunal has ruled. In Spotlight on Corrupton & Anor v The Information Commissioner & The British Business Bank, tribunal judge Sophie Buckley rejected two appeals against the information commissioner’s decision not to require the British Business Bank to identify all the businesses that had taken out loans under four government schemes during the pandemic.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th January 2023

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Names of UK Covid business loan borrowers to stay secret, tribunal rules – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2023 in anonymity, company law, coronavirus, fraud, government departments, loans, news by tracey

‘The British government has been given the go-ahead to keep concealing the names of companies that received in total more than £47bn in state-backed Covid loans, after a tribunal ruled in its favour.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2023

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Ex-leader of London borough fails in High Court challenge over naming in Ombudsman report – Local Government Lawyer

‘A former leader of the London Borough of Haringey has lost a judicial review challenge over a decision by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to name him in a report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th December 2022

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Pilot scheme to allow family court reporting for first time – Local Government Lawyer

‘Journalists will be able to report what happens in family courts from the end of January, under a pilot scheme taking place in Leeds, Cardiff and Carlisle.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2022

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Pseudonymous claimant debarred from proceedings – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 28th, 2022 in anonymity, civil procedure rules, copyright, costs, cryptocurrencies, internet, news by tracey

‘The operator and publisher of a website is not entitled to participate in court proceedings under the pseudonym “Cøbra” – even with legal representation, the High Court has ruled. In Wright v Persons Unknown, Costs Judge Rowley agreed to bar “Cøbra” from costs proceedings arising from a copyright case unless it identifies itself and provides an address.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th November 2022

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Hacking victim retains anonymity in ‘persons unknown’ action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2022 in anonymity, computer crime, judgments, news, victims by sally

‘A company working in “security-sensitive and highly classified projects of national significance” has succeeded in having its identity withheld from a summary judgment against the unknown perpetrators of a $6.8m “ransomware” attack. In XXX v Persons Unknown, Mr Justice Cavanagh agreed that a derogation from open justice was needed to prevent the court itself becoming “the instrument of harm”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th November 2022

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Suffolk Police apology over sex abuse victims’ data on website – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2022 in anonymity, data protection, internet, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘An investigation has begun after the personal details of sexual abuse victims appeared on a police website.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2022

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Identity of those instructing solicitors not protected by litigation privilege – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2022 in anonymity, news, privacy, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘There is no general rule that the identity of those instructing solicitors on behalf of a corporate client is protected by litigation privilege, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2022

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Suella Braverman to consider giving anonymity to suspected criminals – The Guardian

‘The home secretary will examine the possibility of giving anonymity to suspected criminals after concern over the identification and treatment of high-profile people wrongly accused of sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2022

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Judge names youths as he jails them for life for murder of ‘vulnerable’ musician – The Independent

Posted September 28th, 2022 in anonymity, imprisonment, murder, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, young offenders by michael

‘Mr Justice Sweeney lifted reporting restrictions at Winchester Crown Court to allow the naming of Jack Hindley and Samuel Jones, who were found guilty of the murder of 35-year-old Edward Reeve.’

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The Independent, 28th September 2022

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UK fertility watchdog considers laws for gene editing and lab-grown eggs – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2022 in anonymity, assisted reproduction, embryology, news, regulations by tracey

‘Human genome editing and lab-grown eggs that could theoretically allow same-sex couples to have biological children are among the anticipated scientific advances being discussed by the fertility watchdog to “future-proof” any prospective laws.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2022

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Mesh surgeon Tony Dixon fails in anonymity bid – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2022 in anonymity, negligence, news, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘A former surgeon facing dozens of negligence claims has failed to stop reporting restrictions being applied to a legal case.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2022

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Banned Russian oligarchs exploited UK secrecy loophole – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2022 in anonymity, company law, money laundering, news, partnerships, Russia by tracey

‘Sanctioned Russian oligarchs from Vladimir Putin’s inner circle exploited a UK secrecy loophole left open by the government. Arkady and Boris Rotenberg – judo partners of the Russian president – used a type of company that was not required to identify its real owners.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2022

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High Court criticises SDT for “sweeping anonymity orders” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 7th, 2022 in anonymity, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘A High Court judge has criticised the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for taking it upon itself to issue “sweeping anonymity orders” in respect of all the third parties in a case about a solicitor’s social media posts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2022

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BBC to air MI5 agent investigation following High Court ruling – The Independent

Posted May 19th, 2022 in anonymity, BBC, informers, intelligence services, news, public interest by sally

‘The BBC said a High Court ruling will allow it to broadcast a programme about a man it is claimed exploited his status as an MI5 informant.’

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The Independent, 18th May 2022

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BBC blocked from naming alleged MI5 informant accused of abusing women – The Guardian

‘The BBC has been banned from identifying a “dangerous extremist and misogynist” who is allegedly an MI5 informant, after a high court judge granted an injunction.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2022

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Rape victim sues police for naming her online – BBC News

‘A woman who was gang-raped by men claiming to be Welsh rugby players has sued the police for naming her online.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2022

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