JFM and other -v- Crispin Odey and other (anonymity order)

High CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Claim number: KB-2023-003397

In the High Court of Justice
King’s Bench Division

14 September 2023


Master Sullivan


1. JFM
2. MAM


1. Crispin Odey
2. Odey Asset Management Limited


BEFORE Master Sullivan

UPON READING the Claim Form, the Claimant’s Application Notice dated 18 August 2023 and the witness statement of Ms Claire Glasgow

AND UPON the Claimants’ application notice dated 17 August 2023 it appearing that non-disclosure of the identity of the Claimants is necessary to secure the proper administration of justice and in order to protect the interests of the Claimants and that there is no sufficient countervailing public interest in disclosure.

AND PURSUANT to s.1 Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992, section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998; section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981; and CPR rules 5.4C, 5.4D and 39.2(4).

WHEREAS for the purposes of this order:

  1. ‘Publication’ includes any speech, writing, broadcast, or other communication in whatever form (including internet and social media), which is addressed to the public at large or any section of the public.
  2. Publication for the purpose of this Order includes any further publication (as defined in subparagraph (i) above) from the date of this Order, even if such information has derived from a previous stage or stages of these proceedings.

    AND UPON the Court being satisfied that:
  3. The Claimants allege that offences to which the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 (as amended) applies have been committed against them by the Defendant.
  4. The Claimants have not waived their right to anonymity pursuant to s.1 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992.

  5. The identity of the Claimants as parties to these proceedings is confidential and shall not be published.
  6. Pursuant to CPR Rule 39.2(4), there shall not be published or otherwise disclosed in any report of these proceedings or other publication the names or addresses of the Claimants or other immediate members of the Claimants’ families, or any other details (including names, addresses, or a specific combination of facts) that could lead to the subsequent identification of JFM and MAM as the Claimants in these proceedings. There shall be no publication or other disclosure of any other name, address or information tending to
    identify the Claimants. The Claimants shall be referred to as set out at paragraph 3 of this Order and their address shall be referred to as set out at paragraph 4 of this Order.
  7. In any judgment or report of these proceedings, or other publication (by whatever medium) in relation thereto:
    i. The First Claimant shall be referred to as ”JFM”
    ii. The Second Claimant shall be referred to as ”MAM”
    iii. Any other details which, on their own or together with other information publicly available, may lead to the identification of the Claimants (including any names of other immediate family members or their addresses) shall be redacted before publication.
  8. There be substituted for all purposes in this action in place of reference to the address of the Claimants, whether orally or in writing, reference to “c/o Fieldfisher LLP, Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane, EC4R 3TT”.
  9. The Claimants have permission to issue the Claim Form giving the Claimants’ solicitor’s address in place of the Claimants own, provided that the Claimants have filed with the Court a Claim Form showing the Claimants’ full names and residential addresses, which shall remain confidential on the Court’s file, and
    which shall be marked “not to be disclosed without the permission of a Judge or Master of the King’s Bench Division”.
  10. The Claimants’ solicitors to provide the Defendants with the names of the Claimants in writing at the time of service of these proceedings.
  11. Service of the Claim Form and the Particulars of Claim by the Claimants upon the Defendants shall be accompanied by service of a copy of this Order, and the Application Notice and witness statement which were filed in support of it.
  12. The Claimants’ solicitor shall file with the Court an electronic (PDF) bundle of the statements of case that has been anonymised in accordance with paragraph 3 above by 5 October 2023, and re-filed in the event that any statement of case is amended, within 21 days of such amendment being approved.
  13. Pursuant to CPR Rules 5.4C and 5.4D:
    i. A person who is not a party to the proceedings may not obtain a copy of a statement of case, judgment or order from the Court records unless the statement of case, judgment or order has been anonymised in accordance with subparagraphs 3(i) to (iii) above.
    ii. If a person who is not a party to the proceedings applies (pursuant to CPR r.5.4C(1B) or (2)) for permission to inspect or obtain a copy of any other document or communication, such application shall be on
    at least 7 days’ notice to the Claimants’ solicitor.
  14. The Court file shall be clearly marked with the words “An anonymity order was made in this case on 14 September 2023 and any application by a non-party to inspect or obtain a copy document from this file must be dealt with in accordance with the terms of that Order.”
  15. Any interested party, whether or not a party to the proceedings, may apply to the Court to vary or discharge this Order, provided that any such application is made on 7 days’ notice to the Claimants’ solicitor.
  16. Pursuant to the ‘Practice Guidance: Publication of Privacy and Anonymity Orders’ issued by the Master of the Rolls dated 16 April 2019 a copy of this Order shall be published on the Judicial Website of the High Court of Justice (www.judiciary.uk). For that purpose, a court officer will send a copy of the order by email to the Judicial Office at judicialwebupdates@judiciary.uk
  17. Costs in the case.