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  • The wife made a claim for financial relief after a divorce in Russia. A claim for £2m was made against her by a company of which the husband had been the sole director. She claimed that this was a sham. The husband did not engage at all with the court during the proceedings, though the company did, and he gave no disclosure of his means. Holman J was satisfied that it was appropriate to make an order for financial relief, and that an award of £5m to the wife, leaving at least £17m to the husband, would not do him any injustice. It was less than the wife would have been awarded had all the proceedings taken place in England and Wales. The wife was also entitled to an order for costs against the company and the husband. The judge recognised, however, that enforcement of his orders would be difficult. Judgment, 09/05/2019, free
  • Wife's application within financial remedy proceedings for a whistle-blower's statement to be admitted as evidence was refused. The new material fell well short of being capable of establishing fraud or iniquity that would justify overriding or ignoring the legal professional privilege which otherwise would attach to all that the whistle-blower's statement describes. Judgment, 28/02/2019, free
  • Wife's application that the final arbitral award of Mr Gavin Smith should not be made an order of the court. The application was dismissed. Judgment, 29/01/2019, free
  • Appeal against a costs order made against the husband in financial remedy proceedings on the grounds of procedure and the judge's determination. Appeal dismissed. Judgment, 25/01/2019, free
  • In this long running case in which the husband (who was described by Mr Justice Mostyn as 'dishonest, manipulative, arrogant, menacing and contemptuous of the court's authority') had failed to disclose financial information related to a trust, a periodical payments order was made in favour of the wife and her capital claims were adjourned. Judgment, 21/12/2018, free

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