AB -v- Michele Spicer (anonymity order)

High CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Claim Number: QB-2022-002264

In the High Court of Justice
King’s Bench Division

19 October 2023

HHJ Pearce

Michele Spicer

Anonymity Order

BEFORE HHJ Pearce, sitting as Judge of the High Court, in the King’s Bench Division at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL, on 19 October 2023

UPON an application being made for the Committal of the Defendant, and the Court having committed the Defendant to prison for a period of 24 weeks, suspended for 2 years, after the Defendant made admissions and accepted that she had breached the order made under s3 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 by HHJ Simpkiss, sitting as a Judge of the High Court, on 26 July 2022

AND UPON hearing Counsel, Ms Strange of 1 Hare Court, instructed by DMH Stallard LLP for the Claimant, AB, and Counsel, Mr Blennerhassett of Lamb Building, instructed by Harringtons Solicitors LLP for the Defendant, Michele Spicer

AND UPON the Claimant making an application for anonymisation

AND UPON a member of the press objecting to the application, and making brief submissions on the same

AND UPON the Court being satisfied that an Order in the terms of paragraphs 1-4 below is necessary to protect the interests of the Claimant and that this outweighs the countervailing public interest in disclosure


[1] The Claimant shall hereafter be referred to in these proceedings as AB;

[2] Pursuant to CPR Rule 39.2(4) there shall not be disclosed in any report of the proceedings the name or address of the Claimant or any details leading to the identification of the Claimant and the Claimant, if referred to, shall only be referred to as AB;

[3] Pursuant to CPR Rule 5.4C a person who is not a party to the proceedings may obtain a copy of a statement of case, judgment or order from the court records only if the statement of case, judgment or order has been anonymised such that:

a. The Claimant is referred to in those documents only as AB; and

b. That any reference to the name of the Claimant or any details leading to her identification shall be deleted from those documents.

[4] Liberty to any party to apply to discharge or vary this Order having given 7 days prior written notice to the solicitors for the Claimant and the Defendant.

[5] Costs in the case.