21 January 2013 by

Property tycoon, Scot Young, jailed in bitter divorce

51-year-old Scot Young, described at earlier Court hearings as a “property tycoon”, has been involved in a long-running divorce battle with his estranged wife Michelle Young, 48, since they separated in 2006.

Mr Young, who was once estimated to be worth more than £400 million, claims that he is now bankrupt and therefore cannot pay Mrs Young the £27,500 a month maintenance that the Court ordered him to pay in 2009. In contrast, Mrs Young claims that Mr Young remains a very wealthy man and has hidden his entire financial assets in order to avoid his obligation to her and their two children.

Mr Young has failed to comply with Court orders requiring him to provide evidence to support his claims that he has no money. Sitting at the High Court this week, Mr Justice Moor ruled that Mr Young was in “flagrant” contempt of Court and described his reasons for not obeying the Court orders as “absurd” and “next to useless” before committing him to the prison sentence.

The ruling sends out a clear message to any parties involved in financial proceedings that are persistently slow or fail entirely to comply with their obligations to provide full and frank disclosure that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

For more information, or for advice on divorce or other family issues, please contact the team at Bolt Burdon.

4 January 2013 by

What’s new for commercial property in 2013?

As the government continues to look for ways to stimulate the economy and promote growth, the planning system remains a focal point for commercial property in 2013, with bills passing through Parliament and judicial review (with its effect on the planning process) coming under the spotlight.

21 January 2013 by

Scientologist loses bid to marry in her own church

24-year-old Louisa Hodkin wants to marry her fiancé, a fellow Scientologist, in a Church of Scientology chapel in central London. She is currently prevented from doing so because the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages has refused to register the chapel for the solemnisation of marriages under the 1855 Places of Worship Registration Act because it is not “a place of religious worship”.

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