Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana, is a two-time loser when it comes to divorce court. His first wife Victoria received a generous award for herself and their four children, courtesy of the South African justice system. But it is his latest divorce from second wife Caroline that has him seeing red.
The Earl retained one of Britain’s foremost divorce lawyers, Sir Nicholas Mostyn, nicknamed “The Payout”. In Earl Spencer’s recent lawsuit against Mostyn, now a Judge of the English High Court, the Earl alleges that Mostyn advised him that the High Court would hear his divorce case from Caroline in privacy. On that basis, the Earl was prepared to battle it out before Lord Justice Munby, said to be a close friend of Mostyn’s.
Unfortunately, when the trial began Lord Justice Munby refused to hear the divorce case unless it was conducted in open court. Apparently, new laws had been enacted which disallowed private hearings in divorce cases.
The Earl alleges that because he was not advised of this by his lawyers, he was forced to settle the case with Caroline for a million pounds more than she would likely have received at trial. Mrs. Spencer No. 2 received 5.5 million pounds in the settlement.
But Earl Spencer not only wants compensation for the alleged negligence of his legal team, he also wants “sweet revenge”.
In his court action against Sir Mostyn, the Earl referred to an email sent to him by Mostyn wherein the lawyer and gentleman farmer declared that he was naming his sow’s seven piglets after the learned trial judge James Munby and Munby’s personality characteristics: James, Munby, Pompous, Self-Regarding, Publicity, Seeking and Pillock.
Sir Mostyn’s legal advisors are now saying that their client’s email to the Earl was just a way of placating a disappointed litigant.
By the way, “pillock” means “a person that is not very bright”.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang