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High Court Grants Urgent Interim Injunction to National Highways in Respect of the M25 Protests

Michael Fry
Jonathan Welch

The High Court has granted an interim injunction on an urgent basis to National Highways in National Highways Limited v Persons Unknown.

The proceedings concern the ongoing protest action by the group calling itself Insulate Britain. Insulate Britain has been invading the M25 motorway with the aim of disrupting traffic. On Wednesday 21 September, Michael Fry and Jonathan Welch were instructed to seek an urgent interim injunction without notice to prevent further trespass, nuisance and harm to users of the M25. Following a late night out of hours hearing a few hours later, Mr Justice Lavender granted a wide ranging injunction prohibiting unnamed individuals from continuing the disruption to the M25. A copy of the injunction order can be found here.

The protests and the interim injunction have attracted intense media coverage, and Parliamentary debate. See, for example:

Government Press Release
BBC News
The Times
The Guardian