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Press cuttings: A v A

Sharon Sloam considers A v A, which raises again the tricky concept of reporting financial affairs in family proceedings

12 December 2012

In A v A, the husband initially wanted the media to be excluded from the hearing. The judge refused to allow this, but agreed to impose a temporary reporting ban. A date for judgment was fixed, but, minutes before the judgment was due to be handed down, the parties settled, rendering delivery of the judgment unnecessary.

Concerned about the embarrassment which would ensue as a result of the media’s publication of his and his son’s financial affairs, the husband subsequently argued for an adjournment to deal with the issue of whether the media should be permitted to report the proceedings. A hearing was listed to resolve this matter.

Restrictive reporting

At this hearing, the judge prohibited the disclosure of all of the information relating to the matrimonial proceedings, save for:

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