Publication of 'Sheikh' rulings of international public interest

06 Mar 2020

A final attempt by the ruler of Dubai to block the court’s publication of judgments relating to proceedings concerning two of his children has failed.

In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court refused Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s application for permission to appeal earlier decisions of the family court allowing their publication.

The judgments have been made publicly available and reveal serious findings of fact made against the Sheikh.

Responding to the ruling, Anna-Laura Lock, senior associate at Winckworth Sherwood, said: “While judgments can be published on anonymised basis, the Sheikh’s global and political prominence, and the severity of his actions towards his wife and ch...

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