Certainly one of Britain’s most well-known businessmen mentioned he thought-about making use of for authorized support throughout the latest stage of a Excessive Courtroom combat over cash along with his ex-wife, a choose has heard.

Sir Jonathan Cohen was informed that Sir Frederick Barclay, 87, whose enterprise pursuits have included the Telegraph Media Group and The Ritz resort, had referred to authorized support whereas overseeing the newest stage of his dispute with Woman Hiroko Barclay.

Woman Barclay says Sir Frederick has breached Sir Jonathan’s order at hand over sums totalling £100 million following the breakdown of their 34-year marriage.

She says Sir Frederick has not paid, has accused him of being in contempt of court docket and requested Sir Jonathan to think about handing him a jail sentence.

Woman Hiroko Barclay has accused her estranged husband, Sir Frederick Barclay, of being in contempt of court docket (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Sir Jonathan, who has thought-about proof referring to Sir Frederick’s psychological capability, is because of make selections about Woman Barclay’s software following a trial within the Household Division of the Excessive Courtroom in London in July.

Attorneys representing Sir Frederick have indicated that he’ll mount a defence to Woman Barclay’s software.

On Thursday, Sir Jonathan oversaw the newest in quite a lot of preliminary hearings.

The choose heard that Sir Frederick had referred to a potential authorized support software throughout a gathering.

He was informed that Sir Frederick mentioned he had “thought-about making use of for authorized support”.

Sir Frederick additionally mentioned, throughout a gathering, that he was “anxious that he’s going to jail”, the choose heard.

The choose was informed at an earlier listening to that Sir Frederick was being financially supported by nephews.

Sir Frederick and his twin brother, Sir David, have been among the many UK’s most high-profile businessmen. Sir David died in 2021 aged 86.

Their enterprise pursuits included the Telegraph Media Group and The Ritz resort in London.

The household additionally has hyperlinks to the Channel Islands and Monaco.

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay after receiving their knighthoods

Sir Frederick Barclay, proper, and his twin brother, Sir David, after receiving their knighthoods in 2000 (Michael Stephens/PA)

Sir Jonathan had criticised Sir Frederick, at an earlier stage of the litigation, when ruling how a lot Woman Barclay ought to stroll away with.

He mentioned Sir Frederick behaved in a “reprehensible” trend in the course of the dispute.

The choose mentioned the businessman had offered a luxurious yacht and “utilized the fairness for his personal use” in breach of orders.

He mentioned Woman Barclay had wished £120 million and Sir Frederick made a proposal which could have led her to getting nothing.

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