X -v- Bromley London Borough Council (anonymity order)

Administrative CourtHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Case No: CO/4478/2022

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

29 November 2022

The Honourable Mr Justice Bourne

The King on the application of X
(by his mother and litigation friend Y)
Bromley London Borough Council

On an application by the Claimant for urgent consideration and for anonymity
Following consideration of the documents lodged by the Claimant


  1. This matter is certified as suitable for expedition.
  2. The Defendant is to file and serve acknowledgement of service and summary grounds of defence within 14 days after service of the Claim Form.
  3. Thereafter the matter shall be promptly referred to the Judge for consideration of permission and further directions.
  4. Pursuant to CPR rule 39.2(4), there shall not be disclosed in any report of the proceedings the name or address of the Claimant or his mother and litigation friend or any details leading to their identification. If referred to, they shall only be referred to as “X” and “Y” respectively.
  5. Pursuant to CPR rule 5.4C a person who is not a party to the proceedings may obtain a copy of a statement of case, judgment or order from the court records only if the statement of case, judgment or order has been anonymised such that: (a) the Claimant and his mother and litigation friend are referred to in those documents only by the letters “X” and “Y” respectively; and (b) any reference to their names have been deleted from those documents.
  6. There be liberty to apply to vary or discharge this order on 2 days’ written notice.
  7. Costs reserved.


  1. The circumstances of the young child at the heart of this case make it appropriate to expedite the paper phase of the permission process. It will be for the judge considering permission on paper to decide what if any further directions are needed.
  2. The defendant has the usual liberty to apply, which also applies to any third party wishing to vary the anonymity order.