British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc and Another v Virgin Media Communications Ltd and others: CA 6 Jun 2008

The parties were involved in litigation concerning allegations of anti-consumer practices. It was agreed that commercially sensitive documents should be exchanged, but the terms protecting the confidences could not be agreed. The parties were also involved in proceedings before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and with Ofcom, and were concerned that disclosure should not extend to lawyers involved in the other proceedings. Held ‘there is no justification for preventing the three lawyers who Virgin have instructed to represent them both in the High Court Proceedings and the CAT Proceedings from seeing the sensitive documents that have been disclosed in the former proceedings. ‘ In any event, given the public interest nature of the other proceedings, full disclosure across all proceedings might in any event be appropriate.

[2008] EWCA Civ 612, Times 11-Jun-2008
England and Wales
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Updated: 09 November 2021; Ref: scu.268765