Barristers win major victory for divorcee in high-profile case
Barristers at Manchester chambers St John’s Buildings has secured a major judgment for her client in the high-profile Richardson-Ruhan divorce proceedings.
Sally Harrison QC and Abigail Bennett, instructed by Michael Chapman of JMW Solicitors, acted for Tania Richardson-Ruhan for financial relief in her divorce from her former husband, the entrepreneur Andrew Ruhan, estimated to be worth more than £200m.
The final hearing took place during October at the Royal Courts of Justice before Mr Justice Mostyn.
In the judgment handed down, the judge accepted the case advanced by Mrs Richardson-Ruhan and made a number of findings regarding Ruhan’s true wealth, and his failure to provide the Court with a true and accurate picture of his assets and income.
Mrs Richardson-Ruhan pursued proceedings against her husband when he alleged following their separation that he had lost the entirety of his £200m fortune and was now several million pounds in debt, leaving him unable to meet her claims.
Mrs Richardson-Ruhan maintained throughout proceedings that Mr Ruhan was not presenting the court with a true reflection of his wealth and that he had engaged in non-disclosure of his resources.
Proceedings will now continue into 2018, when the court will decide the extent of an appropriate award to Mrs Richardson-Ruhan based on the findings.