NAB v Serco Ltd and another

Practice – Pre-trial or post-judgment relief. The claimant alleged that she had been sexually assaulted whilst in immigration detention and made various claims against the immigration removal centre, Serco. In the claim against the Home Office there was a report of the event in the immigration centre. The legal department of the Guardian newspaper wrote to Serco seeking the investigation report. When Serco refused to disclose the report, the Guardian applied under CPR 31.22(1) for a declaration that the claimant might lawfully supply the Guardian with the report. The Queen's Bench Division held that it was in the public interest that the Guardian should be allowed access to the report and should be free to publish its contents.

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