In Barclays Bank plc v Guardian News and Media Limited  EWHC 591 the High Court considered whether or not to continue an interim injunction which had been granted when confidential documents belonging to a bank had been leaked and passed to a national newspaper. The documents, which contained client information and legal advice relating to financial transactions, had been posted on the newspaper's website for four hours before the interim injunction was granted. Despite this limited dissemination, the court held that the injunction should remain in place until trial. However the judge noted that there was no reason why the newspaper should not be able to make use of the contents of the documents in the meantime. Further details are contained in our Financial Institutions e-bulletin which summarises the case and its points of interest, including the approach the court adopted in striving to strike a balance between the competing policies of confidentiality and freedom of expression.
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Stopping publication of leaked confidential information
- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Sonya Leydecker, Anna Pertoldi and Kate Hurford
- United Kingdom
- June 25 2009
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