LXB -v- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (anonymity order)

High CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Claim Number: QB-2022-000428

In the High Court of Justice
King’s Bench Division

11 June 2024


His Honour Judge Roberts sitting as a High Court Judge


LXB (A Child Proceeding by her Mother and Litigation Friend RXB)


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


BEFORE His Honour Judge Roberts sitting as a High Court Judge in the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London on 11th June 2024

UPON hearing from Richard Cartwright, Counsel for the Claimant, and Alexander Hutton, one of His Majesty’s Counsel, for the Defendant

AND UPON the Claimant’s application

AND UPON the Defendant indicating its neutrality to the making of the order and there being no representations from the press or any other interested party

WHEREAS, pursuant to CPR r. 39.2(4), the Court is satisfied that an order in the terms below is necessary to protect the interests of the Claimant and her Litigation Friend and there is no sufficient countervailing public interest in disclosure.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED PURSUANT to section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and CPR Rule 5.4A to 5.4D and CPR Rule 39.2 that:

1. The identity of the Claimant and her Litigation Friend not be disclosed.

2. There be substituted for all purposes of this case, in place of references, whether orally or in writing, to the Claimant and her Litigation Friend references to “LXB” and “RXB” respectively.

3. That the Claimant and her Litigation Friend be described in all statements of case and other documents to be filed hereafter or served in the proceedings and in any judgment or order in the proceedings and in any report of the proceedings by the press or otherwise as “LXB” and “RXB” respectively.

4. A non-party may not, without the permission of a Master or District Judge, inspect or obtain any copy statement of case or document from the court file unless it has been anonymised in accordance with this direction and there has been redacted any information which might identify the Claimant or her Litigation Friend. Any application for such permission (i.e. to inspect or obtain a non- anonymised version) must be made on notice to the Claimant and in accordance with CPR r. 5.4C (6) and the Court will effect service. The file is to be retained by the Court and marked “Anonymised”.

5. That reporting restrictions apply as to the disclosing of any information that may lead to the subsequent identification of the Claimant, or her Litigation Friend. The publication of the name and address of the Claimant and of her Litigation Friend is prohibited.

6. Provided that the parties and/or their advisors and/or the NHSLA do not publish any documents containing references to those mentioned in paragraph 2 above by name, the parties are at liberty to retain their files in this case without alteration or substitution and to retain and generate documentation which identifies those people for the purposes of their continuing professional rights and obligations under the main settlement order and paragraph 1 shall not apply in those respects.

7. That any non-party affected by this Order may apply on notice to all parties to have this Order set aside or varied.

8. A copy of this order shall be published on the Judicial Website of the High Court of Justice specifying that the Claimant shall be referred to as “LXB” and the Litigation Friend as “RXB”.

9. Costs of this application be costs in the case.