WFZ -v- British Broadcasting Corporation (anonymity order)

CivilHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionMedia and Communications ListAnonymity Order

Claim number: KB-2023-002567

In the High Court of Justice
King’s Bench Division
Media and Communications List

8 June 2023

Mr Justice Nicklin

British Broadcasting Corporation


Upon hearing Leading Counsel for the intended Claimant and Leading Counsel for the intended Defendant at a hearing prior to issue of the Claim Form
It is ordered that:


  1. Pursuant to s.6 Human Rights Act 1998, and/or CPR 39.2 the Judge, being satisfied that it is strictly necessary, ordered that:
    (a) the Claimant’s name is to be withheld from the public and must not to be disclosed in any proceedings in open court;
    (b) the Claimant is permitted to issue these proceedings naming the Claimant as “WFZ” and giving an address c/o the Claimant’s solicitors;
    (c) there be substituted for all purposes in these proceedings in place of references to the Claimant by name, and whether orally or in writing, references to the letters “WFZ”. The Claimant’s name on CE-File will be anonymised in accordance with this paragraph.

    Reporting restriction
  2. Pursuant to s.11 Contempt of Court Act 1981, there shall be no publication of the identity of the Claimant or of any matter likely to lead to the identification of the Claimant in any report of, or otherwise in connection with, these proceedings, provided that nothing in this Order shall prevent the publication, disclosure or communication of any information which is contained in this Order.

    Restrictions on access to documents on the court file
  3. Upon the Judge being satisfied that it is strictly necessary:
    (a) Without further order of the Court, a non-party may not obtain access to or copies of any confidential schedules to any (i) statements of case; (ii) witness statements; (iii) applications; (iv) Orders; and/or skeleton
    arguments (“the Restricted Documents”) from the Court file.
    (b) Any non-party wishing to obtain access to or copies of the Restricted Documents, must make an application to the Court, such application to be made by Application Notice served on the parties at least 24 hours before the Application is made.

  4. The above derogations from open justice will be reviewed by the Court at the hearing fixed for 14 June 2023.

    Applications to vary/discharge
  5. Any Application by a non-party to vary or discharge this Order must be made by Application Notice, served on the parties at least 24 hours before the Application is made.

    Publication of the order
  6. Pursuant to CPR 39.2(5) a copy of this Order will be published on the Judiciary Website.

  7. Costs reserved.