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Family analysis: Richard Todd QC of 1 Hare Court and Christopher Wagstaffe QC of 29 Bedford Row believe the court failed to address the issues in an appropriate manner in a case where a separating couple had amassed a combined legal bill of £1.3m on all aspects of their dispute (including the children proceedings) following what was described by the judge as 'titanic litigation'.
Seagrove v Sullivan  EWHC 4110 (Fam),  All ER (D) 61 (Dec)
The Family Division adjourned a hearing in respect of financial matters and required the parties to return to court with a single composite bundle of documents, in circumstances where the relevant practice directions had not been complied with.
What have been the key features of this 'titanic litigation'?
Richard Todd QC (RT): The dispute involved many different issues:
What were the issues around property?
Christopher Wagstaffe QC (CW): It was not just the whole of the equity in the property that was in issue but the valuation of the property as well. Without going into detail, the rise in house prices generally would indicate that the value of the relevant property was rather higher than
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