AM -v- Surrey County Council and another (anonymity order)

Administrative CourtHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Case No: CO/4264/2022

In the High Court of Justice
King’s Bench Division
Administrative Court

17 November 2022

The Honourable Mr Justice Julian Knowles

The King on the application of AM
Surrey County Council
IM (interested party)

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————On an application by the Claimant for urgent consideration and interim relief
Following consideration of the documents lodged by the Claimant

Order by the Honourable Mr Justice Julian Knowles

  1. The Claimant’s and Interested Party’s identities are to be anonymised and they are to be referred to as AM and IM respectively. Their daughter’s identity is also to be anonymised and she is to be referred to as CM. No information can be published which may lead, directly or indirectly, to their identification. This is to protect the interests of CM, who has complex special needs.
  2. The Defendant is to provide a response to the application for interim relief and for permission to seek judicial review by 4pm on Friday 25 November 2022.
  3. The papers are to be placed before a judge for a decision on permission and interim relief as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter.
  4. Costs reserved.


  1. The Claimant’s draft order proposes an unrealistic basket of orders by way of interim relief. I decline so to order. In the current financial climate, councils have many demands on their resources. The Defendant must have an opportunity to respond in a considered way to the claim. Given the delays, they must do so quickly. It will then be considered by a judge speedily thereafter.