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Licence to breach

The access given to the press to report on family law cases in 2009 was intended to educate the public, not breach the privacy of private parties

8 December 2015

The question of privacy in family law proceedings was considered by the courts recently in the high profile case of Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton (Appleton v Gallagher and Ors [2015] EWHC 2689 (Fam)) . Both had lived their lives in the public eye for many years and indeed courted attention (no pun intended) but, when it came to their divorce, they wanted to keep a very low profile.

They met in 2000 when Gallagher was lead singer of Oasis and Appleton was with girl band, All Saints. They married in 2008. In 2013 their marriage collapsed following revelations that Gallagher was expecting a child with an American journalist, with whom he'd had an affair.

They divorced in 2014 and have since then been trying to sort a financial settlement. Where discussions and negotiations are unsuccessful, it is left to the court to decide on financial settlement and the proceedings issued in ...

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