Sunday 25 September 2016

Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton await money case reporting ruling

Published 22/09/2015 | 17:05

Liam Gallagher and former wife Nicole Appleton are involved in a court battle over money following their divorce
Liam Gallagher and former wife Nicole Appleton are involved in a court battle over money following their divorce

Rock star Liam Gallagher and his ex-wife Nicole Appleton are waiting to hear what detail of their divorce money fight can be revealed to the public.

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A judge last week analysed evidence over several days at a private hearing in the Central Family Court in London.

Judge Martin O' Dwyer is expected to deliver a judgment on the case later in the year.

Another, more senior, judge today analysed legal issues surrounding reporting of the case - and similar cases.

Mr Justice Mostyn said he would announce his decision soon.

He heard legal argument from barristers Patrick Chamberlayne QC, for Ms Appleton, and Jacob Dean, for News Group Newspapers, publishers of The Sun.

Mr Justice Mostyn had last week made an order saying no detail of the case could be reported until he had analysed issues around reporting and made a final ruling.

Gallagher, 43, who was a member of the band Oasis, and Appleton, 40, a singer with the group All Saints, were not at today's hearing before Mr Justice Mostyn, but were at last week's hearing before Judge O' Dwyer.

Another judge had drawn their six-year marriage to a close more than a year ago.

District Judge Anne Aitken granted the couple a decree nisi at a family court hearing in London in April 2014.

The Gallagher case has been heard at a time when senior family court judges are in disagreement over how much the public should be told about family court money fights between separated couples.

Mr Justice Holman, who usually analyses cash fights between separated couples at public hearings, says there is a ''pressing need'' for more openness.

He outlined his views in a ruling on a case in June - after sitting in open court to analyse evidence and allowing reporters to name adults involved.

Other family court judges normally sit in private to analyse cash disputes between separated couples.

Last week, Mr Justice Mostyn - who, like Mr Justice Holman, sits in the Family Division of the High Court - said he did not agree with Mr Justice Holman's ''practice of ordering ... that every ancillary relief case listed before him should be heard in open court''.

Mr Justice Mostyn said, in a ruling on a separate case, that such disputes were ''quintessentially private business''.

He said it was an issue which should be analysed by the Court of Appeal.

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