Contempt of court

Contempt of Court is a serious matter, which sits at the intersection of civil and criminal law.

Contempt Proceedings can arise when someone is accused of breaching a Court Order or otherwise interfering in the course of justice.

Those who are found guilty can face a prison sentence of up two years.  Non-means tested legal aid is available for everyone who is served with a Contempt of Court application.  It is therefore crucial to act quickly and retain legal experts with Contempt of Court experience, who can guide you through its intricacies.

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Our expertise
& experience in contempt of court

Our experienced solicitors specialise in Contempt of Court cases, providing comprehensive legal advice and representation in both the lower and higher courts. We help clients navigate this specialist area of law, ensuring their rights are protected. Over the law few years our team has built up considerable experience acting in some of the leading Contempt of Court cases in the High Court and we are proud of our position as one of the go-to firms in London and throughout the country for Contempt of Court.

Simon Barker | Partner

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Marc Livingston | Associate

Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate (Civil) LLM
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Catriona Virden | Associate

Solicitor LLB MA
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  • Defending allegations of Contempt of Court;
  • Advising on bringing legal proceedings against someone you believe may be in Contempt of Court;
  • We can work alongside your existing representatives, allowing them to focus on the underlying dispute, with our specialist team handling all aspects of your Contempt of Court case.
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Notable cases

Ministry of Defence v Muyepa & Muyepa

Successfully securing the dismissal of Contempt Proceedings arising out of the widely reported case of Muyepa v Ministry of Defence [2022] EWHC 2648 (KB).

The Proceedings, which arose out of Mr. Muyepa’s record £3.7m claim for non-freezing cold injuries against the Ministry of Defence, will now not proceed to trial, meaning that Mr. and Mrs. Muyepa will not be found guilty of Contempt of Court and will not face the prospect of being committed to prison for Contempt of Court.


Wright v McCormack

Acting for the successful Defendant, Dr Wright, before a Divisional Court of the King’s Bench Division, in submitting that it was not in the public interest for Contempt Proceedings concerning an alleged breach of an embargoed judgment to proceed. The case garnered a large amount of publicity given that it arose out of a defamation case brought by Dr Wright, following Mr McCormack’s statements casting doubt on Dr Wright’s assertion that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder and inventor of bitcoin.

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Frain & Anor v Reeves & Anor

Successfully representing the 2nd Defendant in Contempt of Court proceedings in obtaining a refusal of the Claimants’ Application for Permission to bring Proceedings. Joanna Smith J determined that the Application did not begin to satisfy the test of a ‘strong prima facie case’ and nor was it in the public interest for contempt proceedings to be brought, especially when the Defendant’s “professional reputation had already been dragged through the mud”. The Judge also confirmed that when a defendant to contempt proceedings was not a party to the substantive proceedings that give rise to the application, then the Judgment from the substantive proceedings is inadmissible.

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Andreewitch v Moutreuil

Janes Solicitors instructed on a precedent setting case in the Court of Appeal which confirmed that Respondents who are subject to Contempt proceedings should be afforded the right to silence. The Appellant had been committed for contempt by the Respondent after allegedly breaching a freezing order made during family proceedings. He attended the contempt hearing as a litigant in person and gave evidence without being warned by the judge of his right to silence. He was subsequently found to have been in contempt and Janes Solicitors successfully appealed this ruling.

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Contact one of our expert contempt of court lawyers

With a deep understanding of the legal issues, and of the relevant Contempt rules and procedures and a commitment to our clients, we are your trusted partners in all matters related to Contempt of Court. Contact an expert contempt of court lawyer today for a consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

For expert legal advice and representation, call Janes Solicitors today on 020 7930 5100 or complete our online enquiry form and one of our lawyers will be in touch as soon as possible.

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