Media access: Behind closed doors

Jemma Pollock highlights issues of transparency versus privacy in the family courts following the judgment in Barclay v Barclay The courts have discretion to shift the balance as to privacy in favour of transparency, and recent case law evidences a trend toward that approach, particularly in cases such as Barclay where there are issues of …
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Privacy: Clear as mud?

Rebecca Harling summarises the approach to privacy in family proceedings and asks whether the current system lacks clarity ‘Within the sphere of family justice, as with many other practice areas, the desire to promote transparency and the right to a fair hearing must be carefully balanced with the right of privacy.’Open justice is one of …
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Privacy: Behind closed doors

Shlomit Glaser and Tim Jones examine issues of privacy and confidentiality in family proceedings ‘There remains a judicial discretion to determine whether the media can be in attendance and the extent to which what they witness may be reported.’Confidentiality can be a significant issue in family proceedings for many divorcing couples. This is particularly so …
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Financial Provision: An open door

Vanessa McMurtrie examines the lessons to be learnt from the outcome in the long-running case of Wyatt v Vince ‘Good practice means we should always be looking for, and encouraging our clients to consider, the possibility of compromise.’If ever there was a good example of why divorcees of modest means should agree a clean-break dismissal …
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Media Access: Private affairs

Charlotte Conner summarises the diverging approaches of the judiciary to media access and privacy and the implications for the parties ‘Where parties are compelled to provide details of their economic circumstances, most would be alarmed to think that it could all be made public.’Restrictions on the reporting of financial remedy proceedings by the press have …
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