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10 DEC 2010

ANCILLARY RELIEF/ PUBLICITY: Lykiardopulo v Lykiardopulo [2010] EWCA Civ 1315

(Court of Appeal; Thorpe, Stanley Burnton and Tomlinson LJJ; 19 November 2010)

The husband and his family had falsified documents to minimize the wife's claim in ancillary relief proceedings. The wife requested the publication of an unanonymised version of the judgment for public policy reasons and on the basis that it would assist with the enforcement of an ancillary relief order for the remaining £12m of the £20m award. The husband argued against any report, relying on the impact on the children and commercial sensitivity.

Held that there was no reason why such conduct should not be made public. The unanonymised judgment would be published with any sensitive commercial information redacted. Publication of the judgment or the threat of it should not be used as an aid to enforcement but should be determined as a separate issue having regard to its content and the parties' conduct at trial.


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