Each of them invested huge sums of money, time, and energy into their joint charity called “Save China’s Tigers” which was established in the United Kingdom in 2000.
Mr. Bray had a successful career in finance and banking before leaving the Deutsche Bank with a libel judgment in his favour for $20 million pounds. Ms. Quan and Mr. Bray began living together in 1997 and married in 2001.
Regrettably, the couple’s marriage floundered, in part because they could not agree about future policy for their tiger project. Ms. Quan commenced divorce proceedings in the divorce capital of Europe, London, England, and was removed from the directorship of the charity.
She alleged in Court that the millions of dollars held by the charity had been used by her husband as the family’s personal piggy bank and the estimated $25 million pounds remaining should be divided between them equally. The couple has few assets apart from the funds held by Save China’s Tigers.
At the outset, the Court noted that the determination of this preliminary issue would have a profound effect on Ms. Quan’s claims.
Judge Sir Paul Coleridge of London’s Family Division of the High Court found that Ms. Quan was bent on revenge, noting that she had gone so far as to say that if she could not lead the charity, she would rather destroy it. The Court heard that since the separation Ms. Quan has established a charity in competition with Save China’s Tigers.
However, the Court found there was no evidence of “past, present, or future benefit to the parties”, soundly rejecting Ms. Quan’s allegations. Justice Coleridge said her evidence was “fabricated to assist her case”.
Mr. Bray’s testimony was found to bear “all the conventional hallmarks of honesty and accuracy”.
Disappointed with the result, Ms. Quan remarked that she would appeal the decision.
Sir Paul Coleridge is a renowned jurist who recently retired from the English bench.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang