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Businessman Ordered To Pay Ex-Wife’s Legal Costs To Take Appeal Forward

High Court Issues Latest Ruling On Long-Running Case


A High Court judge has ruled that a businessman will only be able to appeal against his four-week suspended prison sentence if he provides his ex-wife his funds to cover the legal fees incurred at a further hearing.

Earlier this year, Michael Prest was given the four-week term suspended for three months after it was concluded that he had breached a court order by refusing or neglecting to hand over funds of around £360,000 to his former wife Yasmin.

In a hearing today (October 15th), it was subsequently decided he would only be able to challenge that sentence if he provides his ex-wife with the money to cover potential legal fees which might be generated at an appeal hearing.

Lady Justice Gloster said he should pay £20,000 to cover the costs and that if he fails to do so within 28 days, his appeal would go no further.

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