A businessman has been awarded damages of £25,000 for misuse of private information after media organisation Bloomberg published an article which identified the businessman as being under investigation by a UK law enforcement body. The judgment follows the precedent set in Richard v BBC, that individuals investigated by law enforcement bodies have a reasonable expectation of privacy as a matter of general principle. The judgment is also a cautionary tale for solicitors to ensure the accuracy of its client's witness statements and their duties to the Court when evidence emerges which may be contrary to earlier findings of fact by the Court.
The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision of the High Court and granted a business executive (anonymised at first but later revealed to be Sir Philip Green) an interim injunction on the basis of breach of confidence, pending a full expedited trial. The claim was brought on the basis that the sources of the confidential information had been signatories of non-disclosure agreements between themselves and the executive. The Claimant was subsequently named under parliamentary privilege as Sir Philip Green.