(Sitting at Swansea)
B e f o r e :
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THE RESPONDENT was not present and was not represented.
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MR JUSTICE MOSTYN:
"The father cannot afford to remain within these proceedings and therefore will be withdrawing from the proceedings."
"If you take this matter to court, I will put up a severe and protracted fight and you will get the absolute minimum. Think it over. It will take a few years to play out. I will be unrelenting and highly motivated because your behaviour is deeply immoral and there is nothing I dislike more."
"I'll end up hating your guts and making sure you get the absolute minimum. It's your decision."
"The more you involve your lawyer the less I'll ultimately give you."
Then this, by reference to the mother of his children from his previous relationship:
"she went down the path of the court and she now lives in poverty. She got absolutely nothing except an enormous legal bill, huge amounts of stress, and loss of custody of the children. You will end up in a similar place, regretting taking the path you did. You will say your life didn't turn out the way you expected it to. You have the opportunity to make the choice of which path you'll follow now."
"The father cannot afford to remain engaged within these proceedings."
That is a flat lie. The father is an exceedingly rich man.
"Just to be totally transparent with you, here is his original advice to me that followed belatedly from a meeting last year when we originally discussed matters."
"You are a business man and have assets in the region of £100 million. Your family also have significant wealth which you may stand to inherit."
"To assist the court, I have personal assets of approximately £10-15 million the majority of which are not liquid, so would take time to realise. Overall, as a result of being a discretionary beneficiary of trust assets with my siblings, the total resources potentially available to me (including my personal wealth) are around £100 million."
"...trust interests including interest under a discretionary trust, stating your estimate, the value of the interest, and when it is likely to become realisable. Further, you are required to disclose any asset that is likely to be received in the foreseeable future."