Associated Newspapers Ltd v Prince of Wales: CA 21 Dec 2006

The defendant newspaper appealed summary judgment against it for breach of confidence and copyright infringement having published the claimant’s journals which he said were private.
Held: Upheld, although the judge had given insufficient weight to the fact that the information was received under an express obligation of confidence. The court recognised that a duty of confidence expressly adopted under an employment contract carried additional weight in the balance with the freedom of the press, and ‘the significance of the interference with Article 8 rights effected by the Newspaper’s publication of information in the Journal outweighed the significance of the interference with Article 10 rights that would have been involved had the Newspaper been prevented from publishing that information. ‘ and ‘the judge was correct to hold that Prince Charles’ had an unanswerable claim for breach of privacy. When the breach of a confidential relationship is added to the balance, his case is overwhelming. ‘
Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Chief Justice, May LJ
[2006] EWCA Civ 1776, Times 28-Dec-2006, [2008] EMLR 4, (2007) 104 LSG 30, [2007] Info TLR 267, [2008] Ch 57, [2007] 2 All ER 139, [2007] 3 WLR 222, [2008] EMLR 121
ght, Designs and Patents Act 1988
England and Wales
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Held: . .
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Updated: 12 February 2021; Ref: scu.247599