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Privacy in the family courts – Toby Atkinson features in The Times

27 January 2017

Decision regarding a party's right to privacy within the family courts as appeal judges lift anonymity order

PrivacyToby Atkinson speaks to the Times about the issue of privacy within the family courts, and whether financial settlements within divorce hearings should be kept private.

A divorcee fighting her former husband for a bigger payout sought to prevent press coverage of the case, arguing that it was "quintessentially private business". She lost her appeal, with the judges lifting an order protecting her identity. Judgment is awaited, and it is hoped that the Court of Appeal will issue clear guidance in respect of this hotly debated area of family law.

Toby Atkinson, a partner at Stewarts Law, said:

"With diametrically opposed views on privacy at the top of the family court judiciary, it is currently a complete lottery whether privacy or press freedom will be the order of the day in any given case. Most divorcing couples can do without the added anxiety of not knowing whether details of their private family disputes and finances will be laid bare in open court for all to see."

Please click here to read the full story of the anonymity order being lifted (Subscription required) - Ex-wife fighting for more money loses right to hide her name

Please click here to see the initial article featuring Toby in the Times (Subscription required) - Wife leads fight to keep divorce hearings secret.

Toby Atkinson, Partner, Stewarts LawToby Atkinson is a Partner in our Divorce and Family team. He specialises in a broad range of family law issues arising on the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation, with a particular emphasis on the financial claims that arise on divorce. He is experienced in dealing with international cases often involving trusts, family businesses and tracing assets.

Toby was recently listed as one of the "Top 50 Family Lawyers in London" by Spear's Wealth Magazine 2016, which described him as "unflappable" and "a sage family lawyer respected by peers for his client skills, work ethic and good judgment". Toby was also named in Citywealth's Leaders List 2016, which described him as "fantastic with clients and a great tactician. He is equally adept at litigating outcomes in difficult cases as he is in negotiating bespoke solutions. I am quite sure he will be one of the industry leaders for years to come."

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