Sunday, 28 July 2013

A STORY OF HUMAN TRAGEDY: JUSTICE HOLMAN BEMOANS "FINANCIAL SUICIDE" OF DIVORCING PARTIES

The case of Sekhri v Ray [2013] EWHC 2290 (Fam) is a stark reminder of the way in which litigation costs in the matrimonial arena can spiral out of control. As usual Justice Holman pulls no punches in his judgment.
 
The Background
 
Mr Ray and Ms Sekhri met in their mid-thirties via an online dating agency in December 2008.  Mr Ray is a successful partner in a highly regarded American law firm. Ms Sekhri is a paediatric anaesthetist, working at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

TO FREEZE OR NOT TO FREEZE?


With the temperatures forecast to reach a yearly high next week, I thought it appropriate to discuss the guidance given by Mostyn J on freezing orders.

The Dilemma

It is not infrequent for a client to inform you in the initial meeting that they suspect there Husband (sorry chaps, it usually is!) may dispose of assets. Downloading official copies of the register of property titles at HM Land Registry is often the starting point. Unavoidable questions arise from this step: Is he taking steps to shift the asset? What are his intentions? Is this the principle asset of the marriage? What is the extent of the other assets available?