Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Wife 'left with $5' to fight Australia's most expensive divorceAn Adelaide woman at the centre of Australia’s most expensive divorce has accused her legal team of leaving her with just $5 to fight her case after draining her funds.
The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, and her ex-husband have spent close to $40 million on their divorce over 11 years, The Advertiser reports.
She claims her lawyers worked on her case for five years without billing her and provided her with an “inadequate and illegible” record of money withdrawn from her trust.
“The divorce case has required my ex-husband to pay in the order of $1.6 million to Winter and Co’s trust account for my matter,” the newspaper quotes the woman’s as saying in her affidavit.“As the trust account statement shows, there’s now $5.25 left.“From what I have seen and what I know of my batters, I believe my divorce is far from ready for trial… the $5.25 left is no help.”In 2010, the woman filed a claim against another law firm, Donaldson Walsh, over a $4.12 million bill which she deemed was “unfair and unreasonable”.
The lawsuit against Donaldson Walsh has since been settled out of court.The woman’s divorce claims against her ex-husband reportedly include a multi-million dollar property settlement and millions in child support, the newspaper reports.Court documents, sighted by The Advertiser, claim the woman has paid $10.5 million in legal fees for the divorce proceedings while her ex-husband has paid $26 million.