BN -v- The London Borough of Hounslow (anonymity order)

Administrative CourtHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Claim number: CO/2477/2023

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

18 August 2023


The Honourable Mr Justice Murray


The King on the application of


The London Borough of Hounslow


the Court considering the Claimant s N461 and statement of facts and grounds , having taken note that the Defendant has not filed an acknowledgement of service within the time limit provided for that purpose in CPR r 54 .8 or since
the Court being satisfied , on a review of the papers, having balanced the interests of the public and the press to know about court proceedings under Article 10 ECHR with the right of the Claimant to respect for her private life under Article 8 ECHR that the Claimant should be granted anonymity under CPR r 39.2(4) 4), it being necessary to secure the proper administration of justice and to protect the interests of the Claimant that such order be made
the Court considering that the Claimant has an arguable claim for judicial review
expedited directions being required in light of the fact that the Claimant is required to leave her current accommodation by 1 January 2024


1. The proceedings shall be anonymised in accordance with the following directions:
a. The proceedings shall be known as R (BN) v London Borough of Hounslow.
b. To the extent necessary to protect the identity of the Claimant, any other references, whether to persons or places or otherwise, be adjusted appropriately, with permission to the parties to apply in default of agreement as to the manner of such adjustments.
c. So far as the claim form, or any judgment or order, or any other document to which any person might have access pursuant to CPR r 5.4A-D at any time does not comply with the above, the Claimant’s solicitor has leave to file with the Court copies of such documents adjusted so as to comply. Such copies are to be treated for all purposes as being in substitution for the relevant originals.
d. A non-party may not inspect or obtain a copy of any document from the court file without the permission of a Judge. Any application for such permission must be made on notice to the Claimant’s solicitors, Hopkin Murray Beskine.
e. A non-party may not obtain any copy statement of case or other documents from the court file unless it has been anonymised in accordance with this paragraph.
f. Reporting restrictions apply as to the disclosing of any information that may lead to the subsequent identification of the Claimant.
g. Any non-party affected by this paragraph may apply on notice to set aside or vary this order.


2. The Claimant has permission to proceed with the claim for judicial review.


  1. The Defendant shall by 4pm on 8 September 2023:
    a. file and serve any detailed grounds of resistance; and
    b. file and serve any evidence on which it intends to rely.
  2. The Claimant shall by 4pm on 22 September 2023:
    a. file and serve any application to rely on evidence in reply;
    b. file and serve a skeleton argument; and
  3. The Claimant shall by 4pm on 29 September 2023 file a paginated hearing bundle, the contents of which shall be agreed insofar as possible.
  4. The Defendant shall file and serve a skeleton argument by 4pm on 6 October 2023.
  5. The Claimant shall file an agreed authorities bundle by 4pm on 13 October 2023.
  6. The case shall be listed for hearing in the week commencing 30 October 2023, or the first available date thereafter, before a Judge or Deputy Judge of the High Court, with a time estimate of 1 day.


9. Costs reserved.