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PA Media Group v London Borough of Haringey & Ors [2020] EWHC 1282 (Fam)

Date:7 JUN 2020
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(Family Division, Hayden J, 20 May 2020)

Public law children – Local authority – Naming of local authority

The Family Division held that the public interest in naming the Local Authority had to prevail against the potential but not inevitable identification of the children and the potential but not inevitable emotional distress that might be caused to the children.

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Neutral Citation Number: [2020] EWHC 1282 (Fam)

Case No: ZW19C00360



Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 20th May 2020

Before :


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Between :

PA Media Group

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London Borough of Haringey
1st Respondent

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the mother
2nd Respondent

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the father
3rd Respondent

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A & B
(by their Children’s Guardian)
4th Respondent

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Mr Brian Farmer (unrepresented) on behalf of PA Media Group
Ms Louise Tickle (freelance journalist)
Mr Alistair Perkins and Ms Kate Wilson (instructed by the London Borough of Haringey) for the Applicant
Ms Anita Guha (instructed by Freemans solicitors) on behalf of M
Ms Caroline Budden (instructed by Osbornes solicitors LLP) on behalf of F
Ms Gemma Kelly (on behalf of the Children’s Guardian)

Hearing dates: 18th May 2020

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Approved Judgment

I direct that pursuant to CPR PD 39A para 6.1 no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic.


The judge has given leave for this version of the judgment to be published on condition that (irrespective of what is contained in the judgment) in any published version of the judgment the anonymity of the children and members of their family must be strictly preserved. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that this condition is strictly complied with. Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.

Covid-19 Protocol: This judgment was handed down remotely by circulation to the parties’ representatives by email and published on BAILII. The date and time for hand-down is deemed to be at 12:30pm on 20th May 2020.

Judgment: PA Media Group v London Borough of Haringey [2020] EWHC 1282 (Fam)

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