News

Jo Carr-West comments on ‘special contribution’ and the cases of Randy Work and Ryan Giggs in Bloomberg and City A.M.

  • April 11, 2017
  • By Hunters Law

Randy Work, former Lone Star Funds executive, lost his divorce appeal today after failing to convince judges that his “special contribution” during their marriage meant he was entitled to a bigger share of a $225m fortune, because of his “genius”.

Jo Carr-West, Partner in the Family Department, commented:

“Today’s decision in the case of Work v Gray comes at a time when family lawyers are following the development of the ‘special contribution’ argument with interest, particularly in light of reports that Ryan Giggs is set to argue – in divorce proceedings currently before the High Court – that his footballing success led to a contribution unmatched by his wife’s that should be recognised in the divorce settlement.

In Mr Work’s case, the Appeal Judges agreed that the word “genius” is over used. The trial judge had said that the term should be reserved for only the truly exceptional such as Mozart or Einstein, and this was approved by the appeal judges who upheld the decision that Mr Work’s success was a result of him being in the right place at the right time. This did not mean that it was a ‘special contribution’ sufficient to skew the balance of the divorce settlement in his favour.

It remains to be seen whether the Courts think that the skill of Mr Giggs’ left foot equates to the compositional genius of Mozart.”

Read the full articles in Bloomberg and City A.M.

Related News

Feb 25, 2021
Richard Kershaw examines the impact of market volatility on divorce settlements in Finance Monthly
Feb 24, 2021
Polly Atkins examines whether one can charge an ex-spouse rent whilst waiting for their home to sell
Feb 19, 2021
Richard Kershaw examines whether you can re-open a divorce settlement due to Covid-19 in Edward Fennell’s Legal Diary
Feb 02, 2021
Amy Scollan discusses divorce and luxury assets
Feb 01, 2021
Richard Kershaw discusses recent case where an unmarried couple have been ordered to share investment assets
Jan 18, 2021
Family Mediation Week 2021
Nov 19, 2020
Jay Patel and Polly Atkins examine family law in the lead up to Brexit in Family Law Week
Nov 09, 2020
Richard Kershaw discusses trusts on divorce and their role in financial planning strategies
Nov 05, 2020
Hunters recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2021
Nov 03, 2020
Rebecca Christie discusses economic abuse and its role in divorce in WealthBriefing

© Hunters Law LLP 2021 | Privacy NoticeLegal & Regulatory | Cookies Policy | Complaints Procedure.

Hunters Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (number 657218)