GJC -v- Stephen Walker (anonymity order)

High CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Claim Number: QB-2021-000826

In the High Court of Justice
King’s Bench Division

29 January 2024


Mr Dexter Dias KC


(A Protected Party by his Father and Litigation Friend PKR)


Stephen Walker


BEFORE Mr Dexter Dias KC sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London on 29 January 2024,

UPON HEARING Mr Stephenson, Counsel for the Claimant, and Mr Bagot KC, Counsel for the Defendant,
WHEREAS the Claimant has made a claim (“the Claim”) against the Defendant for personal injuries suffered by him arising out of the accident on 18 January 2019 and in respect of which proceedings were commenced by the Claimant against the Defendant on 8 March 2021,

AND WHEREAS the Claimant is a protected party and a protected beneficiary, pursuant to CPR 21.1(2)(d) and (e), and the Court is satisfied that an Order in the terms below is necessary to protect the interests of the Claimant,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED PURSUANT to Section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, Article 8 of Schedule 1 to the Human Rights Act 1998 and CPR Part 5.4D and Part 39.2 that:-

  1. There shall be no publication or other disclosure of any name, address, image or other information tending to identify the Claimant or the Litigation Friend in this action.
  2. There be substituted for all purposes of this case, in place of reference to the Claimant and the Litigation Friend by name, whether orally or in writing, references to the letters “GJC” and “PKR” respectively.
  3. To the extent necessary to protect the Claimant and Litigation Friend’s identity, any other reference, whether to persons or places or otherwise, to be adjusted appropriately, with permission to the Claimant to apply in default of agreement as to the manner of such adjustments.
  4. So far as the Claim Form, or any Judgement or Order, or any other document to which anyone might have access pursuant to CPR 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 document adjusted so as to comply therein. Such copies are to be treated for all purposes as being in substitution for the relevant originals; and the originals are then to be retained by the Court in a sealed envelope marked: “Not to be opened without permission of a Judge or Master of the King’s Bench Division”.
  5. A non-party may not without permission of a Master obtain any copy statement of case or other document from the Court file unless it has been edited (anonymised) in accordance with this direction.
  6. Reporting restrictions apply as to the disclosing of any information that may lead to the subsequent identification of the Claimant or the Litigation Friend.
  7. Save that, in so far as this part of the Order applies to the Defendant, it does not prohibit disclosure by the Defendant of the Claimant or Litigation Friend’s name and address or any other information tending to identify the Claimant or the Litigation Friend to their reinsurers, to potential annuity providers or their legal and professional advisors including medical examiners or the Compensation Recovery Unit or the Court Funds Office or any person required by law.
  8. The Claimant has permission to amend the claim form giving the address of his solicitors in place of his residential address. A letter with the Claimant’s full name and address is to be placed on the file in a sealed envelope marked “Not to be opened without the permission of a Judge or Master of the King’s Bench Division”.
  9. A copy of this order shall be published on the website of the Judiciary of England and Wales.
  10. Any non-party affected by this Order may apply on notice to set aside or vary this Order.