MN v OP and others

Family Proceedings – Orders in Family Proceedings. Whilst the first instance judge had correctly identified well-established principles in determining whether to grant an order of anonymity in proceedings concerning the variation of a trust of which minors were included as beneficiaries, the judge had focussed too narrowly on the issue of harm to the minor beneficiaries. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, allowing the appellant settlor's appeal against an order refusing anonymity, made an order pursuant to s 39(1)(a) and (b) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 allowing identification of any party other than the minor beneficiaries.

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