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The Daily Mail reports that a former model once romantically linked to Prince Andrew is involved in what could, in financial terms, be one of the biggest divorce cases in British legal history.

Christina Estrada is said to have separated from her husband of 14 years, Walid Juffali. The split happened after Mr Juffali, whose religious faith permits him to have up to four wives, married a Lebanese TV presenter in 2012. Mr. Juffali, who has a 13 year old daughter from his marriage to Ms. Estrada, and his new wife are said to have become parents to a daughter last year.

The paper reports that Ms. Estrada is seeking a share of at least three luxury properties which Mr. Juffali owns in the United Kingdom. These properties include a converted church in Knightsbridge, worth in the region of £41 million, which Mr. Juffali purchased last year.

The other properties which Ms. Estrada is said to have made claims on are Bishopgate House, a country estate in Surrey worth an estimated £10 to £15 million, and a coastal mansion near Dartmouth with an estimated value of about £6 million.

Mr. Juffali’s family business, E.A. Juffali and Brothers, is estimated to have a net worth of up to £10 billion, with his family’s personal wealth being believed to be around £4 billion.

No details were forthcoming from either of the couple’s lawyers, but the paper believes that Ms. Estrada is likely to seek a financial settlement of a sum in excess of the value of all three of the properties – i.e. in excess of £60 million.

The largest divorce settlement in British history is that of Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone, who paid his wife Slavica an estimated £740 million when they divorced in 2009. Other notable divorce settlements are those made by Paul McCartney to Heather Mills in 2008, when he paid her an estimated £24 million, and Mr. Juffali’s own divorce in 2000 from his first wife, Basma Al-Sulaiman, in which he made a settlement of about £40 million.

How divorce differs between Scotland and England

Date: October 6th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Many people don’t realise that divorcing in Scotland is not the same process or same legal system as divorcing in England or Wales. And as The Scotsman newspaper pointed out recently, further complications can occur when there is a crossover between the Scottish and English legal systems so it’s worth knowing how the two… Read the full article

Travelling to South Africa with Children

Date: September 24th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  South Africa has brought in wide-ranging new rules to combat child trafficking across its borders. Unfortunately the effect of these new rules is likely to produce complications for ordinary residents and visitors, and is unlikely to inhibit any trafficking. The new regulations require that parents travelling with children to or from South Africa must… Read the full article

Court Gives Mother Permission For Child To Live In South Africa

Date: August 4th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Family Law Week reports that the Family Court has granted a contested application by a mother to take her eight year old son with her to live in Angola. The mother was born in Angola but as a child, moved with her family to London. It was there she met an Englishman and entered… Read the full article

Post-Nuptial Agreements: What Are They And How Do They Work?

Date: July 29th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Pre-nuptial agreements are now a fairly common occurrence within the marital landscape but, reports thisismoney.co.uk, a growing number of married couples are also now using post-nuptial agreements. As its name suggests, a post-nuptial agreement (post-nup for short) is entered into after a marriage has taken place. It sets out details of what should happen… Read the full article

High Court Refuses Application To Have Deceased Woman’s Eggs Fertilised

Date: July 22nd, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Family Law Week reports that in a recent case before the High Court, permission was refused for the parents of a deceased daughter to export her frozen eggs to the USA for fertilisation and implanting in the deceased’s mother. The young woman’s eggs had been removed and frozen unfertilised, after she was diagnosed with bowel… Read the full article

The Rising Tide of Divorced Senior Citizens

Date: July 16th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The press has recently reported that the divorce rate amongst senior citizens in England and Wales almost doubled between 2001 and 2011. The 2011 national census, published by the Office of National Statistics, reveals that 8.7% of people aged 65 and over were divorced. In the 2001 census, the corresponding figure was 5.2%. Indeed,… Read the full article

Why It Pays To Follow The Correct Legal Process

Date: July 13th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The High Court has heard that alleged negligence by a solicitor resulted in a successful property developer ending up on the breadline, reports The Daily Telegraph. The case, which called before Mr. Justice Charles, involved an action for damages raised by Norma Wilson against a Berkshire-based firm of solicitors. The court heard that, prior… Read the full article

No Discrimination Against Fathers In Court

Date: July 8th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  It is a common belief that mothers usually fare better in child care proceedings. However, as reported in Family Law Week, a study commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation reveals that there is no evidence that family courts in England and Wales are discriminating against fathers in child contact and residence cases. Dr. Maebh Harding… Read the full article

Husband Filed For Secret Divorce In Malaysia

Date: July 6th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Family Law Week reports that Mr. Justice Mostyn refused to recognise a decree of divorce granted in Malaysia, on the grounds that it had been granted on the basis of a “knowingly false” petition. The case involved parties who married in Singapore in 2001. They separated in 2010, at which time they were living… Read the full article

Former Girlfriend Of Prince Andrew In Multi-Million Marriage Split

Date: July 3rd, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The Daily Mail reports that a former model once romantically linked to Prince Andrew is involved in what could, in financial terms, be one of the biggest divorce cases in British legal history. Christina Estrada is said to have separated from her husband of 14 years, Walid Juffali. The split happened after Mr Juffali,… Read the full article


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