PA Thomas and Co v Mould: QBD 1968

The court urged caution in the grant of an injunction to protect information for which confidence was claimed but where that claim might not succeed. O’Connor J refused to enforce by committal an injunction restraining the defendants from making use of certain confidential information acquired by them during their employment, when the nature of the alleged confidential information had not been specified in the evidence or disclosed to the court.
O’Connor J said: ‘But where parties seek to invoke the power of the court to commit people to prison and deprive them of their liberty, there has got to be quite clear certainty about it.’


O’Connor J


[1968] 1 All ER 963, [1968] 2 WLR 737, [1968] 2 QB 913


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedAttorney-General v Leveller Magazine Ltd HL 1-Feb-1979
The appellants were magazines and journalists who published, after committal proceedings, the name of a witness, a member of the security services, who had been referred to as Colonel B during the hearing. An order had been made for his name not to . .
CitedMarketmaker Beijing Co Ltd and others v CMC Group Plc and others QBD 8-Oct-2004
Interim injunctions had been obtained to prevent the defendants carrying out certain banking transactions.
Held: The remedy sought and the claim was extravagant and unlikely to succeed. The injunctions should be discharged. It was not at all . .
CitedBains and Others v Moore and Others QBD 15-Feb-2017
The claimant anti-asbestos campaigners complained that the defendant investigators had infringed their various rights of privacy. They now sought discovery to support the claim.
Held: the contents of the witness statements do show that it is . .
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Intellectual Property, Litigation Practice, Contempt of Court

Updated: 29 April 2022; Ref: scu.182810