Sophie acted for a Wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The Husband was acting as litigant in person and had continuously failed to properly engage with proceedings or comply with directions made by the Court.
Due to the difficulties posed by the Husband’s lack of compliance, Sophie had to adopt a robust approach, and at each hearing secured directions that would preserve the Wife’s position, whilst also ensuring the matter proceeded as effectively as possible.
At the final hearing, Sophie persuaded the Court that despite the large equity in the former matrimonial home, the entire property should be transferred to her client’s sole name.
Sophie also managed to persuade the Judge that, due to the Husband’s behaviour throughout litigation, he should also pay a proportion of the Wife’s costs, the costs associated with the transfer of the former matrimonial home and clear a number of matrimonial debts.