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N (Wife) v N (Husband), Interim Anonymity Order in the Court of Appeal

3rd August 2016

Emily Wilsdon represented the Applicant, who was granted an interim anonymity order pending consideration of her appeal following Sharland v Sharland [2015] UKSC 60 (alleged material non disclosure in financial relief proceedings in the Family Court).

Emily Wilsdon represented the applicant at a hearing before Lady Justice Macur where she sought anonymity pending a rolled up hearing of permission to appeal and appeal before the Court of Appeal.

The applicant’s underlying appeal concerned allegations of material non-disclosure in financial relief proceedings arising from divorce, and follows the recent Supreme Court decisions of Sharland v Sharland [2015] UKSC 60 and Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61.

The applicant, whose children were no longer minors, argued that she still had the benefit of an earlier order made by the Court of Appeal in a separate appeal arising from the same case.

The application for anonymity raised issues of the continuance of the order from an earlier appeal and the definition of “proceedings”. It also raised the effect of PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] UKSC 26 and X v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust [2015] EWCA Civ 96 (also known as JXMX) on the principles applicable to applications for anonymity in financial relief appeals in the Court of Appeal, primarily the principle of open justice and articles 6, 8 and 10 of the ECHR.

The Court of Appeal granted an interim anonymity order.

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