16 year divorce battle reaches the Court of Appeal

July 29, 2017 1 comment

family law

An acrimonious 16 year divorce battle has reached the Court of Appeal. A wealthy former British Airways captain has been engaged in litigation with his third wife over various financial issues since they divorced in 2001, making the dispute one of the longest on record. He insists that her teenage daughter was fathered by another…

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Divorcing couple criticised for ‘crazy’ legal bills

May 10, 2017 3 comments

family law

An estranged couple has been criticised for the “crazy” amount of money they have spent on legal bills during their divorce. In a dispute over assets valued at £10 million, the couple have already spent a combined total of £1.5 million on legal fees alone. At the High Court, Mr Justice Holman expressed dismay that…

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Judicial exhortations and deaf ears

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January 12, 2016 0 comments

family law

It is the nature of things that many family law judgments relate to proceedings that are highly contested and that have been on-going for some considerable time. And it is generally accepted that there are some cases of that nature where resolution is very unlikely without the intervention of the court. I would suggest these…

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‘Titanic litigation’ leaves couple £1.3m legal bill

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December 5, 2014 1 comment

family law, legal costs

It’s sometimes useful to remind readers that litigation conducted under the Family Procedure Rules 2010 has an “overriding objective”. Here it is. “1.1 The overriding objective (1) These rules are a new procedural code with the overriding objective of enabling the court to deal with cases justly, having regard to any welfare issues involved. (2) Dealing…

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How not to conduct a financial application

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December 4, 2014 0 comments

financial remedy

The case Thiry v Thiry hit the national headlines yesterday for a variety of reasons, including the sum awarded to Mrs Thiry and the general conduct of Mr Thiry, which prompted Sir Peter Singer, who heard the case, to use the words ‘manipulative’, ‘sadistic’ and ‘unprincipled rogue’ in relation to him. Interesting though all of…

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