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Lord Neuberger sets up 'super injunctions' committee

6 April 2010

Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls, has set up a committee to examine the use by the courts of media injunctions, it has been announced today.

The committee will consider the question of ‘super injunctions’, which prevent not only the reporting of a story but the existence of the injunction.

The Guardian claimed in October last year that it was prevented from publishing the text of a parliamentary question because of an injunction obtained by Carter Ruck on behalf of oil-trading firm Trafigura (see Solicitors Journal 153/39, 20 October 2009).

A report by the Commons culture, media and sport committee on privacy and libel, published in February, expressed concerns about the use of injunctions by the courts.

Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Mr Justice Tugendhat will sit on the committee, alongside libel silk and former chairman of the Bar Council Desmond Browne QC.

They will be joined by Alasdair Pepper, partner at Carter Ruck, and Rod Christie-Miller, partner at Schillings. Guardian News and Media will be represented by director of editorial legal services Gill Phillips & Trinity Mirror by group legal director Marcus Partington.

The committee will meet for the first time on 4 May.

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