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Gallagher v Gallagher (No 1) (Reporting Restrictions) [2022] EWFC 52

Date:6 JUL 2022
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(Family Court, Mostyn J, 13 June 2022)

Financial remedy proceedings – Open justice – Reporting restrictions order – Anonymity order – Application for RRO preventing disclosure of private and commercially sensitive material – Application for anonymity order to prevent identification of parties to the proceedings, their children and the husband's business interests.

The judge granted a reporting restriction order which prohibited only: the naming of the minor children, the publication of photographs of them, identification of their schools or the place where they live; the reporting of the content of the advice of jointly-instructed tax counsel and the court’s consequential calculations of the value to be taken of certain potential tax liabilities of the husband; and the reporting of the advice given to the husband of the risks he faces in the Irish litigation and the court’s consequent calculation of the amount of potential damages to be taken into account.



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Neutral Citation Number: [2022] EWFC 52

Case No: LV20D03547


Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 13 June 2022 

Before :


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Between :

Brid Angela Gallagher

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Donal John Gallagher

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Simon Webster QC and Phillip Blatchly (instructed by Hall Brown) for the respondent (the applicant for a reporting restriction order) (“the husband”)
Jonathan Southgate QC and Petra Teacher (instructed by Rayden Solicitors) for the applicant (the respondent to the husband’s application) (“the wife”) 
Brian Farmer addressed the court on behalf of the Press Association 

Hearing dates: 21, 23, 25, 27 May 2022

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Judgment Approved by the court
for handing down

This judgment was delivered in private. The judge hereby gives permission – if permission is needed – for it to be published. It should be reported as Gallagher v Gallagher (No.1) (Reporting Restrictions) [2022] EWFC 52
The judge has made a reporting restriction order which provides that in no report of, or commentary on, the proceedings or this judgment may the children be named or their schools or address identified. It further provides that certain financial matters may not be reported. Failure to comply with that order will be a contempt of court.


Judgment: Gallagher (No 1) (Reporting Restrictions) [2022] EWFC 52

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