The tale of two Saudi Princes in the High Court

The English court system – a game of two halves? On the one hand barristers are protesting against legal aid cuts, while on the other a Saudi Royal family has taken up three years of court time in their battle to have a case heard in private.

Two Saudi princes have taken their fight with a former businessman into a third year. One has now been debarred and ordered to pay $7.7m to the counterparty for failing to comply with court orders.

The case reveals the increased popularity of the UK courts among wealthy Saudi clients. Princes Mishal and Abdulaziz have argued in numerous hearings that their high-profile status should grant them an exception to court orders and the right to a private trial.

Those attempts have so far been quashed but a Court of Appeal hearing in the coming months will determine the final outcome.

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