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15 May 2017

People in big-money divorce cases ‘should be named’

The names of millionaires involved in big-money divorce cases at the Family Division of the High Court should be published, campaigners have said, in order to improve transparency in the justice system.

Former MP John Hemming believes that those involved in big-money fights with their estranged partners should be named on lists of cases, even if their legal disputes take place behind closed doors.

By informing journalists of the people involved, he feels they would be able to make a better argument for publishing names in reports of cases.

At present, listings for the Family Division of the High Court only contain case numbers. This division tends to be reserved for big-money cases involving the likes of millionaires.

Discussing the present system, Mr Hemming said: "Journalists should at least be able to make arguments in favour of reporting. But realistically how can they do that if they don't know who's involved?"

Sue Andrews, practice group leader of the family law team at  B P Collins, is quick to distance herself from supporting this and believes people getting divorced should be entitled to privacy.

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