AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd: CA 20 May 2013

An order had been sought for the claimant child for damages after publication by the defendant of details of her identity and that of her politician father. She now appealed against refusal of her claim for damages for publication of private information.
Held: The appeals were dismissed. The judge had correctly recognised that (i) the claimant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to her paternity, (ii) respect for this expectation was in her best interests and (iii) considerable weight was to be attached to her best interests, but the particular circumstances of the case had changed the normal balance. The mother had herself been incautious, and ambivalent as to disclosing the information to members of the media she did not know at a social event.The judge’s assessment was unassailable, and she had correctly balanced the parties’ respective article 8 and 10 rights
Dyson MR, Tomlinson, Ryder LJJ
[2013] EWCA Civ 554
European Convention on Human Rights 8 10
England and Wales
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Updated: 30 October 2021; Ref: scu.509982