Nigella Lawson granted decree nisi

August 1, 2013 3 comments

Nigella divorce

TV chef Nigella Lawson has been granted a decree nisi, the penultimate stage in her speedy divorce from advertising impresario Charles Saatchi. In a High Court hearing reported to have lasted just one minute, District Judge Anne Aitken issued the decree, effectively ending the couple’s ten year marriage. The chef cited “unreasonable behaviour” as the…

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Expediting the decree absolute

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July 23, 2014 4 comments

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I vaguely recollect an occasion many, many, years ago when I was at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and I witnessed something slightly unusual. I can’t now recall why I was at the court, but I think I was waiting for the case I was involved in to come on. Whilst waiting, I…

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Businessman does not own classic car collection

September 1, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

In the latest stage of a long running financial dispute between a wealthy businessman and his estranged wife, the High Court has declared that he is not the true owner of a classic car collection. The case, described by Judge Sir Peter Singer as “convoluted and complex”, centred around the husband’s claims that substantial assets…

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Husband ordered to pay £8.5 million by High Court

June 26, 2015 0 comments

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In a recently published judgement, an unnamed husband was ordered to pay just under £8.5 million to complete the purchase of a property. The man’s wife had applied for a so-called ‘interlocutory injunction’ requiring her husband to pay the money, plus interest and legal fees. Such orders are made during ongoing court proceedings and require…

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High Court refuses recognition of Malaysian divorce

June 4, 2015 6 comments

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The High Court has granted a woman’s request that they refuse recognition of a divorce granted in Malaysia. The case concerned a couple who married in the Asian city state of Singapore in 2001 before later moving to London. A daughter was born in 2005 but they eventually separated in 2010. The wife filed for…

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