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Supreme Court rules financial claims can be brought over 20 years after divorce
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Date
11 March 2015

Supreme Court rules financial claims can be brought over 20 years after divorce

The Supreme Court has today ruled that Mishcon de Reya client Kathleen Wyatt has the right to make financial claims following her divorce in 1991 from Dale Vince, Founder of Ecotricity Group Ltd,  valued in excess of £100m.

This was an appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeal to strike out Ms Wyatt's application for financial provision following her divorce. The Supreme Court unanimously accepted the argument that the Court of Appeal's order unlawfully subverted the statutory right to apply for financial claims on divorce. The Supreme Court has remitted Ms Wyatt's application to the High Court and ordered Mr Vince to pay her costs.

Miles Geffin, Legal Director at Mishcon de Reya, who acted for Ms Wyatt throughout the proceedings, said:

"We are pleased that the Supreme Court has found in favour of our client Kath Wyatt and that her application can continue. We have always believed that our client has a strong case, and we welcome the clarity of this decision by the Supreme Court."

 

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