Sir Frederick Barclay advised ‘debt is not going to go away’ as contempt listening to adjourned

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usinessman Sir Frederick Barclay was warned “the debt is not going to go away” by a Excessive Court docket choose as his sentencing for contempt of court docket over failing to pay almost £250,000 to his ex-wife was adjourned.

Girl Hiroko Barclay beforehand requested for 87-year-old Sir Frederick to be despatched to jail after claiming he had breached court docket orders to pay her greater than £100 million following the breakdown of their 34-year marriage.

She mentioned he had not paid the primary of two £50 million lump sums and owed £185,000 to cowl the price of her authorized payments and £60,000 in upkeep.

Girl Hiroko Barclay had utilized for her ex-husband to be dedicated to jail over the unpaid sums (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) / PA Wire

Final month, Sir Jonathan Cohen dominated that Sir Frederick was not in contempt on account of not paying the primary of two £50 million lump sums, discovering that Girl Barclay had not proved her ex-husband had the means to pay it.

However the choose mentioned that Sir Frederick was in contempt for not paying the £245,000 he owed for authorized charges and upkeep, ruling the businessman had the means to pay these money owed.

At a listening to on Thursday, Stewart Leech QC, for Girl Barclay, mentioned that whereas the £245,000 debt had now been paid, “Sir Frederick stays massively in default, there’s nonetheless no plan for cost of the £100 million”.

Sir Jonathan mentioned he would adjourn his resolution on whether or not to impose a penalty towards Sir Frederick for 3 months.

It appears to me a unprecedented level that each member of the household is ready to place their palms into their pockets to assist Sir Frederick to keep away from jail however will do nothing to help the best sufferer on this, Girl Barclay …

The choose mentioned: “It must be a matter of disgrace for Sir Frederick and his nephews that Girl Barclay is left with subsequent to nothing in monetary sources for the long run.

“Does Sir Frederick, and do the nephews, actually anticipate and want to see her with no penny of her award happy?

“It appears to me a unprecedented level that each member of the household is ready to place their palms into their pockets to assist Sir Frederick to keep away from jail however will do nothing to help the best sufferer on this, Girl Barclay, significantly when I’ve discovered she is entitled, and I stress the phrase entitled, to the award that I made which is to be paid out of Sir Frederick’s share of the fortune that he and his brother amassed.

“The debt is not going to go away and I anticipate Sir Frederick to interact personally along with his nephews to discover a method via this.”

Sir Jonathan mentioned that he would “not be impressed” if the problem was left to attorneys, including: “There must be conferences and sustained severe efforts to be made to discover a route via this.”

The court docket was advised Sir Frederick, left, ignored orders ‘till his ft have been put to the hearth’ (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) / PA Archive

Through the brief listening to on the Excessive Court docket in London, Mr Leech requested for Sir Frederick to be given a suspended jail sentence of 5 weeks.

“The sample is that Sir Frederick merely ignores these orders till his ft are put to the hearth,” he advised the court docket.

However Charles Howard QC, for Sir Frederick, mentioned no order wanted to be made after the businessman “purged his contempt” with a mortgage from his and Girl Barclay’s daughter Amanda.

The court docket additionally heard that there have been additionally additional authorized prices and as much as six months’ price of upkeep funds in dispute.

“My consumer has no cash and Amanda has made it clear that she shouldn’t be going to supply any extra,” Mr Howard mentioned.


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