Complex matrimonial finances involving ancient trusts, tenant farmers and non-disclosure

Family Court at Canterbury

John acted for the Respondent husband in a complex case involving property held under ancient trusts by a university.

The case centred on arguments about the true trading value of the various aspects of the farm’s businesses – including stabling, grazing, livery and riding tuition as well as crops, and required John to engage in lengthy discussions with an expert accountan.t

Having argued at the door of court that the Applicant wife was running a business but had failed to disclose the income from it, John successfully negotiated a settlement on very favourable terms for his client. A consent order was drafted in terms acceptable to the husband, with the wife having no claims against any of the husband’s business assets.