Re Steven Neary; LB Hillingdon v Steven Neary [2011] EWHC 413 (COP)

(1) The judge directed that: (a) the named media organisations could send designated representatives to court, subject to further directions; (b) the media could identify the parties by name, rather than initials; (c) the media could report any information already in the public domain when reporting the proceedings; (d) any application to report information during the course of any private hearing is to be determined by the court at the conclusion of the relevant hearing. (2) The reasons given were that: (a) the circumstances are already in the public domain to a significant extent; (b) there is no evidence of a real possibility of detriment or distress to Stephen of anything other than a trivial nature; (c) it would be impossible to prevent the media from reporting parties' names at the end of proceedings. (3) In relation to future care, directions had been given for a mediated solution to be attempted. (4) In relation to lawfulness of the past deprivation of liberty, a hearing was listed for May 2011.

Related judgments

Neary v LB Hillingdon [2013] MHLO 87 (SEC)

Re Steven Neary; LB Hillingdon v Steven Neary [2012] MHLO 71 (COP)


Before: Peter Jackson J

Hearing and judgment: 28/2/11

Mr Guy Vassall-Adams (instructed by the Solicitors for Independent Newspapers) for Independent Print Ltd, Guardian News and Media Ltd, Times Newspapers Ltd, the BBC and the Press Association

Mr Hilton Harrop-Griffiths (instructed by Hillingdon Legal Services) for the Applicant

Ms Aswini Weereratne (instructed by Miles & Partners as agents for the Official Solicitor) for the First Respondent

Ms Amanda Weston instructed by Conroys Solicitors) for the Second Respondent


[2011] All ER (D) 26 (Mar)

External links


Andy McSmith, 'A father and son reunited. A secret court forced to open its doors' (Independent, 1/3/11)

BBC News London, 'Father wins right to care for autistic son at home' (28/2/11)

BBC News UK, 'Father wins right to have autistic son living at home' (1/3/11)

Jerome Taylor, 'High Court to decide if autistic man was illegally detained' (Independent, 28/5/11). Peter Jackson J has reserved judgment on the unlawful detention aspect of this case.