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Ryan Giggs' estranged wife seeks swift end to court fight over money

The estranged wife of former Manchester United and Wales star Ryan Giggs has said she wants their divorce court fight over money to end as "swiftly and amicably as possible".

Stacey Giggs said she is "disappointed" to have needed the "assistance" of a judge.

A lawyer outlined her thoughts after a judge analysed the latest stage of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

James Brown, who is based at law firm Hall Brown Family Law and is part of Mrs Giggs' legal team, said she wanted to avoid "upset and distress to her family".

"Mrs Giggs' primary focus is wanting to bring this sensitive and difficult process to a close as swiftly and amicably as possible and enable her family to move on with their lives," said Mr Brown.

"She is disappointed that she has needed the assistance of the court in an attempt to do so but hopes that outstanding matters can be concluded soon."

Mr Justice Cobb on Monday considered preliminary legal issues in the case.

The judge is likely to be asked to decide how big a share of the marital asset kitty Mrs Giggs should get if agreement is not reached.

He said a trial was unlikely to take place for some time.

Giggs was not in court.

Lawyers indicated that Giggs was abroad and Mr Justice Cobb said he had agreed that the star need not attend.

Mrs Giggs was at the hearing.

News that the pair were embroiled in a dispute emerged earlier this year.

Mr Justice Cobb considered issues relating to reporting of the case at a preliminary hearing in February.

The judge made an order limiting what journalists would be able to report after an application by Giggs.

He said he would not allow reporting of financial information aired during the litigation.

The judge also said the pair's children should not be named in any report of proceedings.

He said journalists could report that Giggs and Mrs Giggs were involved in a dispute and name them.

Giggs retired as a player in the summer of 2014 and subsequently worked as United's interim manager for a short spell.

He made a record 963 appearances for United over 24 seasons and won 64 Welsh international caps.

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