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Sandra Davis' Week: Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than come here!

Date:17 JUN 2010

Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than come here!

Sandra DavisNo litigation is cheap certainly not litigation concerning matrimonial finance.  Of course one important difference between matrimonial and most other litigation is that divorce is an uninsurable risk and the costs are non-deductable.  Generally the very assets that are the subject of the dispute are therefore diminished in meeting legal expenses.

 Last year Munby J (as he then was) heard a ruinously expensive case in which over 70% of the matrimonial assets were "squandered" in legal costs leaving less than 30% for distribution within the family.  

KSO v MJO and JMO (PSO Intervening) [2009] 1 FLR 1036 was an extreme example. However the final legal bill of £430 000 pales into insignificance when compared with the extraordinary expenditure incurred in many other high profile cases.

John Charman's legal bill for example was said to exceed £5M...

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