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Supreme Court to hear couple case

A multi-million pound dispute between a businessman and his ex-wife is to be analysed by the UK's highest court, lawyers say.

Alison Sharland lost the last round of her fight former husband Charles Sharland - in the Court of Appeal - earlier this year.

But her lawyers said that she had been given permission to take a claim to the Supreme Court. Law firm Irwin Mitchell said last night that they expected Supreme Court justices to analyse the case in June 2015.

Ms Sharland, 47, wanted a cash claim she made re-examined after complaining that Mr Sharland, 54, had not disclosed everything he had.

But a judge in the High Court refused her application in April 2013 - and the Court of Appeal dismissed her appeal in February.

Judge Sir Hugh Bennett, who sat in the Family Division of the High Court in Liverpool, had heard that the couple had agreed a settlement which gave Ms Sharland more than £10 million in cash and properties and Mr Sharland more than £5 million in cash and properties.

And Ms Sharland had asked the judge to re-open the hearing - saying she had agreed to the settlement as a result of ''fraudulent non-disclosure'' by her ex-husband.

The judge concluded that Mr Sharland had ''laid a false trail'' by giving ''dishonest evidence'' and failing to disclose documents.

But he refused to re-open the case, saying any order he would have made if ''proper disclosure'' had taken place would not have been ''substantially different'' from the terms of the couple's agreement.

And appeal judges - who analysed the case at hearing in London in December - yesterday concluded that Sir Hugh had done nothing wrong.

One, Lord Justice Moore-Bick, said Mr Sharland had ''lied to the court and misled both the wife and the judge''.

But he said the case had called for an ''exercise of judgment'' and Sir Hugh had made a decision ''that was open to him''.

Mr Sharland's solicitor, James Brown, yesterday said he did not want to discuss detail of the case prior to any Supreme Court hearing.


From Belfast Telegraph