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Attorney-General v Blake

[2001] 1 AC 268

Case summary last updated at 04/01/2020 14:31 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Attorney-General v Blake

 B was a former MI6 officer who published a book in breach of the Official Secrets Act, divulging state secrets and making a large profit from it. AG made a private claim against him for the whole of the profits, since B had signed an official secrets act and was therefore under contractual obligation to the state not to publish these facts. HL allowed the AG to claim the “whole profit” as damages. The damages awarded had to meet the “practical justice” demands, but HL was keen to emphasise that this was an exceptional case. 

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