Sir Frederick Barclay failed to pay his ex-wife Lady Horoko any of their £100m divorce settlement

Sir Frederick Barclay failed to pay his ex-wife Lady Horoko any of their £100m divorce settlement

Sir Frederick Barclay has STILL not paid his ex-wife Lady Hiroko a penny of the £100million he owes her to leave her unable to pay her lawyers

  • Judges in May said Lady Barclay should be paid a lump sum totalling £100m 
  • Lady Hiroko Barclay wants her ex husband Sir Frederick jailed for contempt 
  • She claims her 87-year-old former husband has breached earlier court orders  

Businessman Sir Frederick Barclay has still not paid a penny of his ex-wife’s £100million divorce bill, leaving her unable to pay her lawyers, a court heard today.

Sir Jonathan Cohen is overseeing the latest round of the dispute between Sir Frederick and Lady Hiroko Barclay at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London. 

The 87-year-old – who formed one half of Britain’s ultra-secretive media mogul twins – was ordered to pay lump sumps of £100million to his former wife in May last year following the breakdown of their 34-year marriage. 

But Lady Barclay, 78, says Sir Frederick has breached court orders by failing to hand over the money owed, and called on the judge to consider committing him to jail for alleged contempt of court.

A barrister leading Lady Barclay’s legal team told the judge on Thursday that money has not been paid – as sources indicated she had already run up legal bills exceeding £300,000. 

‘Not a penny has been paid towards the £100 million order,’ Stewart Leech QC told Sir Jonathan. 

‘My client has not been able to pay a penny towards our costs’, he added.

Meanwhile, he said £400,000 has been paid to cover Sir Frederick’s legal costs. 

Lady Hiroko Barclay, 78 says her ex-husband has breached court orders by failing to hand over the money owed, and called on the judge to consider committing him to jail for alleged contempt of court

Businessman Sir Frederick Barclay has still not paid a penny of his ex-wife's £100million divorce bill, leaving her unable to pay her lawyers, London's High Court heard today

Businessman Sir Frederick Barclay has still not paid a penny of his ex-wife’s £100million divorce bill, leaving her unable to pay her lawyers, London’s High Court heard today

Last month, it was claimed in court that the billionaire tycoon had been ‘evicted’ from his home, and his legal costs were to be covered by his family.

The court was also told that Sir Frederick was also ‘significantly in default of payment of legal fees’.

Mr Leech previously said Lady Barclay was asking a judge to commit her ex-husband to jail for breaching an order to produce documents and pay a £50million tranche of their settlement.

Charles Howard QC, representing Sir Frederick, acknowledged certain sums had not been paid but said: ‘Whether he’s at fault remains to be decided. He says he’s got no money to do it and his bank statements… show that.’

‘He’s been evicted from his home,’ the barrister added.

Mr Howard previously argued Lady Barclay would have to show Sir Frederick had the ‘means to meet’ the £50 million and had ‘wilfully refused or neglected’ to pay.

A barrister leading Lady Barclay's legal team told the judge on Thursday that money has not been paid - as sources indicated she had already run up legal bills exceeding £300,000

A barrister leading Lady Barclay’s legal team told the judge on Thursday that money has not been paid – as sources indicated she had already run up legal bills exceeding £300,000 

Sir Jonathan criticised Sir Frederick in a earlier ruling, saying he had behaved in a ‘reprehensible’ fashion during the dispute.

The judge said the businessman had sold a luxury yacht and ‘applied the equity for his own use’ in breach of orders.

He said Lady Barclay had wanted £120 million and Sir Frederick had made an offer which might have led her to getting nothing.

Sir Jonathan wants to consider evidence relating to Sir Frederick’s mental capacity, and is due to oversee a further hearing in June. 

Mr Leech said lawyers representing Sir Frederick had indicated that a decision on whether the businessman had breached orders might not be possible for some months.

Sir Frederick and his twin brother, Sir David, were among the UK¿s most high-profile businessmen. Sir David (left) died in January last year, aged 86

Sir Frederick and his twin brother, Sir David, were among the UK’s most high-profile businessmen. Sir David (left) died in January last year, aged 86

He said Sir Frederick’s age had to be taken into account and told the judge that any ‘drawing out’ of proceedings would be wrong.

Charles Howard QC, leading Sir Frederick’s legal team, said it would be ‘grossly unfair’ to suggest the businessman was employing ‘delaying tactics’. 

Sir Frederick was not at Thursday’s hearing but watched by video link, while Lady Barclay did appear in court.

Sir Frederick and his twin brother, Sir David, were among the UK’s most high-profile businessmen. Sir David died in January last year, aged 86.

Their business interests included the Telegraph Media Group and The Ritz hotel in London.

The family also has links to the Channel Islands and Monaco.

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Jacob Thorburn

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