Guardian to appeal Barclays tax injunction

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Lawyers representing the Guardian will appear in the high court at 2pm today to appeal against an injunction that forced it to remove seven leaked Barclays memos from its website in the early hours of this morning.

The documents, from a Barclays whistleblower, were used by the Guardian as part of its investigation into tax avoidance.

The Guardian’s lawyer was called at 2am by Mr Justice Ouseley, and the order was imposed at 2.30am. Barclays argues that the memos are its property and leaking them was a breach of confidentiality.

6pm update: The hearing has now been adjourned until tomorrow morning. The emergency injunction, which was due to expire at 4pm, has been extended until further notice.

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