R (on the application of A) v Chief Constable of C Constabulary

Privilege – Public interest immunity. The claimant had previously provided a vehicle recovery and breakdown service to the defendant Chief Constable. The defendant decided that the claimant's position needed security clearance and subsequently refused the claimant clearance. The claimant issued judicial review proceedings and the instant application concerned an application for further discovery. The defendant refused disclosure on public interest immunity grounds. The Administrative Court held that, although the claimant could make meaningful representations if he could see the withheld material, the defendant had been entitled to withhold disclosure on public interest grounds.

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