Q:How do I manage my reputation when going through my family matters?


While the general rule is that the press are able to attend the majority of court hearings, it is only in the minority of cases that they are present. These tend to be where one or both parties are high profile figures, or the case is of particular public interest.

If you are concerned about media interest in your case you may want to consider using arbitration, which is completely private from the press, rather than issuing proceedings at court. Any settlement agreed outside of court proceedings will also remain confidential and none of the documents filed at court can be disclosed to anyone outside of the proceedings without permission of the court.

It is occasionally appropriate to speak to the press during litigation. This is something with which we can assist if required.

Vardags is a top family law firm that specialises in complex cases often involving an international element. If you cannot find answers to your questions here, please consult our ‘family law guide‘ for further information, call us on 0207 717 9979  or email