Re Al M: an oasis of transparency in a desert of secrets – Athalie Matthews

18 03 2020

There was never going to be anything ordinary about a custody battle between the billionaire ruler of Dubai and a Jordanian Princess. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Orphans from Syria, Reporting Restriction Orders and Children – FC ReportingWatch

3 12 2019

Mr Justice Keehan last week published an extraordinary judgment of a mere 17 staccato paragraphs. It is called Re Orphans From Syria [2019] EWHC 3202 (Fam). It begins : Read the rest of this entry »

Journalism: The danger of crusades – FC Reporting Watch

5 09 2019

In the last few months, the Daily Express has been running a ‘Crusade’ (their label) with the banner ‘End This Injustice’. Under this banner they have published a number of accounts from mothers who tell of abuse at the hands of the fathers of their children, and a failure by the Family Court to protect them. Read the rest of this entry »

Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

25 01 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »

“The terrifying tale of how Britain’s most secret court imprisoned a grandmother” (AKA Court enforces its own orders and publishes judgment for the world to see)

28 10 2016

court-of-protectionThis week Christopher Booker, chose this as his topic for his Sunday Telegraph column “The terrifying tale of how Britain’s most secret court imprisoned a grandmother“. This is of course a very worrying headline. The article itself is also likely to raise concern about this secretive court, that goes about locking up poor defenceless grannies. Read the rest of this entry »

The View from the Daily Mail: Squandering and other lost opportunities – Sarah Phillimore

2 09 2016

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupIt is always illuminating to run things through the Daily Mail translator. It is a great shame that one of the most widely read newspapers in the UK persists in journalism which at best is click bait, at worst actively dishonest and agenda led. Of particular concern to family lawyers is that agenda currently appears to be an attack on legal aid for parents in care cases. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Appleton v Gallagher, Law of ancillary relief reporting ‘a mess’ – Nathan Capone

16 10 2015

Appleton and GallagherIn the case of Appleton v Gallagher ([2015] EWHC 2689 (Fam)) Mostyn J has ruled on a joint application by former husband and wife pop stars Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton to exclude press from their ongoing ancillary relief proceedings in the High Court after their divorce in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Greater Transparency in the Family Courts: New Draft Guidance – Dania Rifaat

9 09 2013

Sir James MunbyProposed new guidance [pdf] recommends that decisions of the family courts should always be published, unless there are compelling reasons against publication. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, has issued the proposed guidance to facilitate the “need for greater transparency” in the family courts. Read the rest of this entry »