I'm not a lawyer anywhere and this advice is based on what my general understanding of law in countries that have a system similar to English-law.
The question which I'd ask is why does it matter ?.
Unless they're suing you for damages (and you don't say this is so), it should not be an issue for you that they've attempted to block the images.
Normally without explicit permission (verbal and witnessed or an email or phone text you have or written and properly signed and dated on paper), you have no automatic right to the images to publish.
You are, however, the subject of the images and typically you'd be entitled to possess and display the images in a not-for-profit way. However, and I suspect it's important you understand this, if you are publishing the images in a way that could damage or libel the other person's reputation, then you'd be strongly advised not to do that. You can incur considerable costs legally just defending such activity and you'd need a very strong reason to do so.
Also note that publishing photos with the intent of damaging someone's reputation may compromise your ability to sue them later on if they did cause damage to you and the photos show it. Court's generally don't like tit-for-tat behavior.
So as a general rule, don't publish photos you don't have a clear right to. And even if you have a clear right note that doing so with the intent to damage someone's reputation is putting yourself in a difficult legal position.
Reading between the lines, my advice to you would be "let it go" and keep a copy of the images privately in case you need them later for legal reasons.