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Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 1519 (Fam): a tale of two petitions

Date:29 MAY 2014
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The judgment of Mr Justice Holman in Chai v Peng (No 2) [2014] EWHC 1519 (Fam) [2014] 2 FLR (forthcoming) permitting the wife to issue a replacement second petition upon the dismissal of her first has important repercussions for the ongoing jurisdictional dispute between Khoo Kay Peng (74) the Malaysian business tycoon with interests in the Laura Ashley and Corus Hotel chains and his wife Pauline Chai (68) a former Miss Malaysia.

Background

The parties had a 42-year marriage and have five adult children together. The wife had Holman J noted been 'living in Hertfordshire surrounded apparently by 1 000 acres in a property worth something of the order of £30 million'. After the wife petitioned for divorce in England in February 2013 the husband issued competing proceedings in Malaysia where an application for waiver of the reconciliation process was sought this being a necessary requirement before...

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