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Court of Appeal orders naming of couple in big money ancillary relief proceedings

Lord Justice Thorpe explains balance of openness and privacy in AR proceedings

The Court of Appeal has ordered that a couple involved in ancillary relief proceedings in the High Court last year should be named.

Lords Justice Thorpe, Stanley Burnton and Tomlinson ordered in Lykiardopulo v Lykiardopulo [2010] EWCA Civ 1315 that Sally Ann Lykiardopulo and her husband Panaghis Lykiardopulo should not have the benefit of anonymisation. In the High Court, Mrs Justice Baron had ordered the husband to transfer assets and cash amounting to £20 million to his former wife.

Lord Justice Thorpe said that Baron J had found that 'the husband, his brother and another influential family member had conspired to manufacture, for the purposes of the trial, documents which, on their face, were written in 2005 in order to terminate the husband's involvement with the family business and to divest himself of his interest therein.'

The Court emphasised the importance of open justice and said that the practice of privacy 'has grown up in the Family Division to protect the welfare of children, to deny an inspection that is only prurient and to respect the fact that financial affairs of any family are essentially private and not a matter of legitimate public interest'.

For more details go to The Guardian website.

An article on the privacy issues within this judgment, written by Adam Wolanski, one of the counsel in the case, will appear in Family Law Week within the coming weeks.