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27 FEB 2008

FINANCIAL RELIEF/COSTS: RH v RH (Costs (Adjustments for Gross Disparity) [2008] EWHC 347

(Family Division; Singer J; 27 February 2008)

In view of the significant disparity between the parties' costs, the judge effectively wrote back into the husband's assets £225,000 of the husband's costs, on the basis that he had overspent. In effect, the husband's ancillary relief award was reduced by £225,000.

An offer made by the husband, but ignored by the wife, ought to have been taken into account, however, it was not just that the wife should pay all the husband's costs from the date of the offer, given that the husband's approach to the litigation had verged on the obsessional. The wife should pay the husband's costs in the fixed sum of £150,000.

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