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Henry Hood comments on Laura Ashley boss to pay £64m divorce settlement in Family Law Week and STEP

  • April 10, 2017
  • By Hunters Law

On Thursday 6 April 2017, Mr Justice Bodey ruled that the 78-year-old boss of Laura Ashley pay his ex-wife, Pauline Chai, £64m to settle their long-running divorce row, which has been noted as one of the biggest divorce settlements in the UK courts.

Pauline Chai was seeking £100m from Khoo Kay Peng following their split after 42 years of marriage. She claimed their assets were worth at least £205m.

She claimed she had contributed to her husband’s success by being a “traditional” wife, and that she and Khoo had made a sharing agreement entitling her to half of the family wealth.

Henry Hood, Partner in the Family Department at Hunters Solicitors, commented:

“This has been an extremely long standing dispute. Ms Chai originally sought £105m – half of the family wealth – which was thought unlikely. Dr Peng offered £9m because he considered he had made a far greater contribution towards its creation.

“Awarding £64m – in one of the largest divorce awards the UK courts have made –  suggests that the judge preferred Ms Chai’s case to Dr Peng’s. We are yet to see the terms of the judgment itself, but it is likely that it will represent a further refinement of the concept of Special Contribution as a defence to financial claims in divorce.”

Read the articles in Family Law Week and STEP.

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