Top London Divorce Lawyer Offers Reaction to Mills/McCartney Judgement

“Heather Mills’ evidence was found to be “less than candid” and many of her extravagant claims, in which she was held to be “overegging the pudding”, were never backed up by the hard evidence which she promised.

“Sadly, the judge’s findings on her behaviour, some of which was said to have been “distasteful”, confirm many of the public perceptions which have led her to be, in her words, “vilified”.

“Personalities aside, however, what this case most importantly signifies is that the courts do not carve up assets willy nilly on divorce, as has been feared after some notorious payouts in recent years.

“This award, which is I believe conservative in the context of Sir Paul’s overall wealth, indicates the tide may be turning and the long awaited kickback against dishing out huge sums is coming into play.

“Another important feature of the case is to underline the need for prenuptial agreements. Perhaps the bitterness and expense of this high profile case, where there was no prior arrangement, will contribute towards a trend for an increased recognition of prenuptial agreements in the courts.

“This stems, I believe, from the obvious merit of encouraging parties to a marriage to regulate their own affairs in advance by making it worth their while to do so. The only way to do that is by the courts honouring them when they do.”

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Notes to Editors:

Ayesha Vardag graduated from Cambridge University with Honours in Law and from Brussels with a Master’s in European Law.

Her firm, Ayesha Vardag Solicitors, works regularly with the leading figures at the family law Bar on some of the biggest cases in the English courts.

Press Ayesha has previously done can be seen here:


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