Goodwin v NGN Ltd and VBN: QBD 9 Jun 2011

The claimant had obtained an injunction preventing publication of his name and that of his coworker with whom he had had an affair. After widespread publication of his name elsewhere, the defendant had secured the discharge of the order as regards the claimant, but now it additionally sought to identify the woman involved.
Held: Tugendhat J said: ‘what is of interest to the public is not the same as what it is in the public interest to publish. Newspaper editors have the final decision on what is of interest to the public: judges have the final decision what it is in the public interest to publish.’ The newspaper had first alleged that she had been involved in deciding his severance package, but when challenged accepted that this was not true. They then said that the woman’s identity was not needed for the story. NGN then argued that she had been promoted while he was Chief Executive. Again they now accepted this was wrong. They then said that the relationship should have been disclosed, but, having been disclosed the bank had made no critism of her.
Though it was not clear that, in view of the claimant’s position, the woman would establish an expectation of privacy at trial, there are degrees of privacy, and allowing the publication of identifying details would remain a disproportionate interference in her private life, though the injunction was relaxed to allow publication of her job description. The countervailing article 10 rights did not in this case justify further intrusion.

Tugendhat J
[2011] EWHC 1437 (QB)
European Convention on Human Rights 8 10
England and Wales
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Updated: 12 January 2022; Ref: scu.440470