News & Resources

Tina Norman v Robert Norman Court of Appeal

25th January 2017

On 19 January 2017, Matt Waszak, instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit, acted for the appellant in an application before the Court of Appeal (Gloster (Vice President), King, Lewison LJJ) to preserve the anonymity of appeal proceedings in an ancillary relief case.

The substantive appeal before the Court concerned the terms of a financial remedy order made in the context of divorce proceedings in 2005. The appellant wife alleged that the order had been made following fraudulent misrepresentations by the respondent husband as to the position of his finances.

Anonymity was granted by the Court of Appeal in 2011, in the context of different appeal proceedings. It was preserved in 2014 in the context of another appeal. However, full argument on the issue of anonymity had never been previously heard and the press had never been afforded the opportunity to contest the point. At a previous hearing, at which Emily Wilsdon appeared for the appellant, Macur LJ preserved anonymity on an interim basis, pending full argument on the issue at the permission to appeal/appeal hearing.

Full argument on the issue of anonymity was heard before the Court of Appeal.  A number of different media organisations (the Times Newspapers Limited, Associated Newspapers Limited, Telegraph Newspapers Limited, News Group Newspapers Limited, Sky News) sought for anonymity to be lifted. The case formed the subject of prior reporting because of a potential expectation amongst practitioners that the Court of Appeal might resolve two divergent High Court judgments (those of Mostyn J in L v L [2015] EWHC 2621; and that of Holman J in Luckwell v Limata [2014] EWHC 526 (Fam))on the issue of whether appeal ancillary relief proceedings should be anonymous; and because of the possibility that the Court could depart from it usual position in anonymising appeal proceedings in an ancillary case (K v L [2011] EWCA Civ 550).

For reasons that will be provided in a reserved judgment, the Court lifted the anonymity order that was previously made. These proceedings have since been the subject of extensive media coverage, in both national and local media.

Judgment was handed down by the Court on 08.02.17. A copy of the judgment can be read here.

Related Barristers

Matthew Waszak

Matthew Waszak
Year of Call: 2012

Emily Wilsdon

Emily Wilsdon
Year of Call: 2011

Close X

Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a working Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available.

As of 25th March, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings has been closed until further notice and all barristers, clerks and support staff will be working remotely.

We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans we have put in place enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way.  All direct dials in Chambers are being diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to we would be grateful if this could be sent in an orderly fashion to enable working from a screen manageable.  We are unable to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post until further notice, unless specific arrangements are made in advance by contacting the clerks.

Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via email.

Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations

All conferences, meetings and mediations will take remotely, either by telephone or via video until further notice.  Group Telephone calls and video calls can be easily arranged.

Court Hearings

We are following The Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with Government advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. The judiciary has made provision for some civil cases to be heard remotely, with lawyers being required to take part in virtual hearings.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation.

Making a payment

If you do not already pay us by BACS, going forward please make arrangements to do so. Please contact the clerks who can supply you with the relevant BACS details.

If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.