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Wife to face Marco Pierre White alone

8 June 2010

Matilde Pierre White is to face her husband Marco in the divorce courts alone next week after Withers ceased acting for her.

Withers lost a separate Court of Appeal battle with Marco in November last year, over whether Marco should be able to sue the firm for the torts of trespass and conversion (see Solicitors Journal 153/41, 3 November 2009).

He claimed that the law firm had unlawfully retained private documents intercepted by Matilde. Delivering the leading judgment in White v Withers and Dearle [2009] EWCA Civ 1122, Lord Justice Ward said the interception and retention of a letter from Letty, Marco’s daughter from his first marriage, “left me with such an uncomfortable feeling that for my part I would be reluctant to shut out the claimant and deny him his day in court”.

Letty’s letter was one of 42 documents removed by his second wife Matilde, many of them originals, following the collapse of his second marriage in 2007. The trespass and conversion claim will return to the High Court later this year.

Meanwhile, Matilde Pierre White has, according to The Times, claimed half the value of the marital home in Holland Park, estimated at £2.2m, and maintenance for their three children.

Like Matilde, Marco is reported to have decided to represent himself in the divorce action.

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