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18 MAR 2008

Full Mills-McCartney judgment published

Following yesterday's publication of the summary judgment for the Mills-McCartney divorce ruling, the judgment has been revealed in full after Ms Mills was told she could not appeal against its publication.

In Mr Justice Bennett's High Court ruling he wrote that he gave Ms Mills every allowance for the enormous strain she must have been under".

But he added: "I am driven to the conclusion that much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid".

"Overall she was a less than impressive witness," he said.

By contrast Mr Justice Bennett found Sir Paul to be a balanced witness. "He expressed himself moderately though at times with justifiable irritation, if not anger. He was consistent, accurate and honest" he wrote.

Mr Justice Bennett found Ms Mills' claim for £125 million exorbitant.

"Nevertheless, as I have said, the wife is (or at least was) prepared to accept £50m in lieu of a claim for £125m. That, in my judgment, can mean only one of two things; either the claim by the wife for £125m is a reasonable claim, in which case the enormous drop of £75m to £50m is inexplicable, or, the claim for £125m is and was unreasonable, indeed exorbitant."

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