*XW v XH

Family proceedings – Financial remedies. The wife's application for a reporting restrictions order, in advance of the hearing of her appeal in financial remedy proceedings, was allowed. The order had been sought to protect the identity of the parties' son (AB). The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, ruled that it was one of those exceptional cases, where it was appropriate to make orders for anonymisation and the restriction on reporting certain aspects of the case. It further held that the balance between the rights of the media under art 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the public interest in open justice, and the rights of the parties and of AB, under art 8 of the Convention, on the facts of the case, tipped heavily in favour of the making of the reporting restrictions order.

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