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It is proving to be a very modern divorce. Armies of lawyers and advisers; hundreds of millions of pounds at stake; priceless art; a superyacht; a key lieutenant switching sides; the son dragged into the proceedings by his mother. No wonder some involved have likened it to The War of the Roses, the dark Hollywood comedy about a feuding couple starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas.

But now attempts to secure the assets awarded following Britain’s biggest, bitterest marital breakup may hinge on how the high court views an arcane financial practice dating back to feudal times.

The marital dispute between Farkhad Akhmedov, a Russian citizen and ally of President Putin, and his wife, Tatiana Akhmedova, will have even learned property lawyers dusting off ancient textbooks as they argue over whether third parties can finance another person’s legal claim, a practice that is illegal in some countries.

Read the full article here: The Guardian

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