May 12, 2021 Identification is key: High Court decision on local authority claims for injunctions against ‘persons unknown’

Today in London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Others v Persons Unknown (London Gypsies and Travellers Friends, Families and Travellers and National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups intervening), the court held final orders brought against ‘persons unknown’ cannot bind newcomers. Between interim order and subsequent trial, a claimant must identify the person against whom the final injunction is sought.