Heather Mills appears to have let slip further secrets of her £800 million divorce battle with Sir Paul McCartney.
She’s been photographed clutching a ring folder on which she has scribbled a series of notes relating to her legal fight. The notes suggest she is seeking a highly unusual court order – which lawyers say is mainly obtained in domestic violence cases – to keep Sir Paul out of the ‘matrimonial home’.
The notes, clearly in view to photographers as Ms Mills walked towards Victoria Station, are headed: “I’m seeking an order for occupation of the matrimonial home.” It is then followed by three, numbered bullet points. The first says: “Continued access till divorce,” while the second is illegible. The third refers to a “contempt of court” and beneath it is written “ex parte application”.
he final piece of the page on view contains the name “The Honourable Mrs Justice Baron”. This implies the judge set to hear the case is Mrs Justice Baron QC, a brilliant divorce barrister appointed to the High Court in 2004.
Before becoming a judge, Florence Baron acted in a number of high-profile divorce cases, representing among others Victoria Spencer in her divorce from Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer.
It is not the first time Ms Mills has revealed details of the case. It was discovered she was being represented by Mishcon de Reya, the firm that represented Princess Diana in her divorce case, when a folder with the firm’s name emblazoned upon it was photographed on her knee. A leading family lawyer said today an occupation order was rare and usually only made in cases where domestic violence was a major issue. It is likely the order refers to her current home in Hove rather than the house in Peasmarsh, East Sussex, where McCartney lives.
What Heather scribbled down:
1: “I am seeking an order for occupation of the matrimonial home” An occupation order under part IV of the Family law Act 1996 is rare and usually obtained where domestic violence is an issue in divorce cases.
2: Continued access till divorce Likely to refer to her right to visit McCartney’s current properties until divorce. It is not thought to refer to their daughter Beatrice.
3: Largely illegible
4: “Contempt of court. Ex parte application” Contempt of court may refer to the leaking of highly explosive court papers, in which she alleged he had being abusive towards her.
5: The Honourable Mrs Justice Baron This refers to Dame Florence Baron QC, appointed a High Court judge in 2004. “An absolutely brilliant barrister and reckoned an absolutely first rate judge,” said a lawyer. Has she been appointed to the case?
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Posted Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 at 9:09am
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