Campbell v Frisbee: ChD 14 Mar 2002

The defendant appealed a summary judgement on the claimant’s claim with respect to her alleged disclosure of details Miss Campbell’s private life. The claimant sought an action for account of profits for breach of the terms of a contract of service. The defendant claimed that a violent assault by the claimant on her was a repudiation of the contract. There were some issues which must go to trial, but the claimant obtained judgement on those matters relating to her private life.
Held: To defeat an application for summary judgment the respondent must show some ‘real prospect’ of success, even if improbable. Would the obligation of confidence be discharged by a repudiation? Restrictive covenants had been considered before, but not obligations of confidence. The Photo Production case established that not all obligations were defeated by a repudiation. The obligation of confidence survived any repudiation. The defendant argued that the restriction restricted her right of free speech. Here there was no overwhelming public interest argument. There was no prospect of success on this point and the appeal failed.


The Hon Mr Justice Lightman


[2002] EWHC 328 (Ch)




Civil Procedure Rules 24.2, European Convention on Human Rights


England and Wales


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Appeal fromFrisbee v Campbell CA 14-Oct-2002
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