A divorcing couple have spent almost a third of their wealth on legal fees as their acrimonious divorce continues.
The estranged pair run a firm supplying luxury bath wear to hotels and spas. Thanks to its success they accumulated around £6.6 million in assets: but have already spent close to £2 million of that arguing in court.
At a pre-trial hearing, High Court Judge Mr Justice Holman described the case as a “scandalous waste of court time”.
“They have spent a third of their wealth slugging it out. These people have completely lost touch with reality. I don’t know where the responsibility lies; it’s probably shared.”
Saying the couple were “heading for catastrophe”, the Judge noted that a full court hearing could cost them an additional £200,000.
“Sometimes one can see cases where people are just absolutely determined to go on and on and on. I don’t know on which side the fault lies but this seems to be that sort of case.”