James Dixon representing school protestors

Wed, 12 Jun 2019

Counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers is forming part of the team representing protesters at Anderton Park School.

James Dixon, led by John Randall QC, of St Philips Chambers, was involved in an interim hearing at which Birmingham City Council called for a new injunction to protect Anderton Park School from protests over LGBT equality teaching.

A new temporary order was imposed to retain an exclusion zone around the primary school in Sparkhill, banning all protests in the streets circling the school.

The new order, issued by Mr Justice Warby QC, sitting at Birmingham Civil Court, is almost a mirror image of an interim injunction granted in an emergency hearing at the High Court in London recently.

In announcing his decision, the judge first proclaimed that he was discharging the original order (in view of failings by Birmingham City Council in improperly pursuing a without notice injunction) and was instead imposing a new temporary order that included some, but not all, features of the first order.

A full trial to consider the injunction is set to take place between July 22 and July 31. The case raises fundamentally important issues about protest, free speech and the right to have children educated in accordance with parents’ beliefs, as well as equality law.

To read more about the case, visit https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/new-exclusion-zone-imposed-anderton-16409654

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