Coward v Harraden: QBD 2 Dec 2011

Parties had fought each other in wide ranging litigation. The claimant found covert surveillance devices in his home, and discovered evidence that the defendant may have information as to who had placed them. Earlier orders had been made for the disclosure of some information. The party opposing the claimant in the ongoing litigation then applied for these proceedings to be anonymised, and the claimant for the so far private applications to be published. The parties agreed on a way forward and now sought a consent order restricting publication, and as to costs.
Held: The court discussed the status of interim orders made at private hearings. Under CPR interim applications may be heard in private where made without notice and where it would be unjust to the respondent to allow publicity where he has not had opportunity to respond. The claimant said that the arrangement had been agreed to only when it became clear that the costs of this incidental litigation had become disproportionate. Though the interveners had in effect been successful in that the orders had remained private, considerations of open justice had been sufficient to justify the claimant’s attempts to bring the issue back before the courts. The litigation had been substantial, and the amounts involved reflected that, but the correct order was to make no order as to costs.

Tugendhat J
[2011] EWHC 3092 (QB)
Civil Procedure Rules 44
England and Wales
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Torts – Other, Costs

Updated: 12 January 2022; Ref: scu.449398