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Shaking up the cost rules

Should the 'no order' principle be changed in financial remedy cases, wonders Marilyn Stowe

28 June 2016

After years of wrangling, it appears the contentious Wyatt v Vince case has finally come to an end.

Kathleen Wyatt was awarded a one-off lump sum of £300,000 from her ex-husband, Dale Vince, more than two decades after they had divorced. Considering Vince's substantial wealth, the total payout may seem modest. Without re-treading the legal history of the case too much, the husband is the founder of an energy company with an estimated worth of £57m.The former couple parted without a clean break when they were young and penniless - but did so decades ago. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where both parties were unceremoniously told by their lordships that a modest payment was called for, despite the contrary views of the Court of Appeal.

The final wrangle ended when the court permitted publication of the agreed lump sum but ordered details of Wyatt's costs to re...

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