Appleby issued a claim form in the High Court on 4 Dec 2017 against the defendants, claiming damages and a permanent injunction for breach of confidence. The claim form was issued in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales and allocated to the Business List (ChD). This hearing considered an application by the BBC issued on 6 Dec 2017 for an order that the claim be transferred from the Chancery Division to the Media and Communications List. The application was supported by the Guardian.
The Court declined to transfer the case.
Gavin Miller QC, Hugh Tomlinson QC and Lorna Skinner were involved in this case.