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Publicity and reporting – Financial remedies – Anonymity – Court of Appeal
The application for anonymity in financial remedy proceedings was refused.
The husband and wife were engaged in long-running financial remedy proceedings after a consent order was made in 2005. There had been multiple applications to the court including the Court of Appeal.
At a 2011 hearing in the Court of Appeal an anonymity order was made preventing the naming of the parties. In subsequent appeal proceedings the names of the parties were disclosed and published in the media. The wife sought to continue the previous anonymity order or sought a fresh order to be made.The application was refused. The Court of Appeal highlighted the key principles regarding anonymity including the principle that only exceptional circumstances could justify a departure from the normal rule of Court of Appeal proceedings being heard in public.
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