A groundbreaking ruling by the Supreme Court on Wednesday in favour of Mishcon de Reya client Kathleen Wyatt could raise serious questions about fairness in the family justice system.
The court unanimously ruled that Wyatt’s bid for financial support from her ex-husband – Ecotricity tycoon Dale Vince – does have merit, despite their divorce 22 years ago.
Wyatt will now take her bid for a £1.9m payout to the family division of the High Court, legal proceedings financed in part by Vince after Supreme Court justices restored a cost allowance order requiring him to pay the funds. [continues]
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Only three years ago, litigation financing in the UK was poorly understood. According to exclusive research undertaken by The Lawyer Research Service and Burford Capital, it is today regarded by the UK’s top litigation lawyers as a critical component of paying for litigation. [continues]
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