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SALLY ANN LYKIARDOPULO (Appellant) v PANAGHIS NICHOLAS FOTIS LYKIARDOPULO (Respondent) & MICHAEL LYKIARDOPULO (Interested Party)

Where one of the parties to ancillary relief proceedings had conspired to present a perjured case the judge had erred in concluding that her judgment should be anonymised in order to protect the commercial interests of that party's family business; in so far as anything in the judgment was commercially sensitive it could simply be redacted.

29 November 2010

The appellant former wife (W) appealed against a decision that a judgment in ancillary relief proceedings should be reported after anonymisation. The ancillary relief proceedings between W and her respondent former husband (H) culminated in a 10 day trial. The judge found that H, his brother and another influential family member had conspired to manufacture, for the purposes of the trial, documents to show that H had terminated his involvement with the family business and divested himself of his interest therein. The family was a Greek ship-owning family. Having rejected the false case presented by the family, the judge ordered H to transfer to W assets and cash amounting to some £20 million. W applied for public reporting of the judgment, which H opposed. The judge took the middle path between public reporting sought by W and no reporting sought by H and his brother and held that the judgment should be reported after anonymisation. H submitted that the business interests of the fa...

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