Sir Frederick Barclay could be found in contempt of court TODAY over divorce fight

Sir Frederick Barclay could be found in contempt of court TODAY for ‘failing to pay a penny’ of the £100million he owes his ex-wife after a divorce battle

  • Tycoon have been ordered to hand over £100m after their 34-year marriage ended
  • Lady Hiroko Barclay had called for her ex-husband to be jailed for contempt
  • She claims Sir Frederick breached previous court orders for failing to pay her

A judge will today decide whether businessman Sir Frederick Barclay is in contempt of court for failing to pay his ex-wife money – and has been asked to consider jailing her.

Sir Jonathan Cohen is due to oversee the latest round of a dispute between Sir Frederick, 87, and Lady Hiroko Barclay during a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London today.

Lady Barclay says Sir Frederick broke orders to hand over money following the breakdown of their 34-year marriage.

She charged him with contempt of court and asked Sir Jonathan to consider giving him a prison sentence.

Sir Jonathan previously ruled that Sir Frederick should pay Lady Barclay sums totaling £100million following the breakdown of their marriage.

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British tycoon Sir Frederick Barclay, 87, considered seeking legal aid during his £100million divorce battle against his 34-year-old ex-wife

Lady Hiroko Barclay insists Sir Frederick broke that order and charged him with contempt of court and asked the judge to consider a custodial sentence

Lady Hiroko Barclay insists Sir Frederick broke that order and charged him with contempt of court and asked the judge to consider a custodial sentence

Lawyers representing Sir Frederick have indicated he will mount a defence.

Sir Frederick and his twin brother, Sir David, were among Britain’s most prominent businessmen.

Sir David died last January, aged 86.

Their business interests included the Telegraph Media Group and the Ritz Hotel in London.

Sir Frederick and his twin brother, Sir David, were among Britain's most prominent businessmen.  Sir David (left) died in January last year, aged 86

Sir Frederick and his twin brother, Sir David, were among Britain’s most prominent businessmen. Sir David (left) died in January last year, aged 86

A solicitor leading Lady Barclay's legal team told the judge on Thursday the money had not been paid - as sources said she had already racked up legal bills in excess of £300,000.

A solicitor leading Lady Barclay’s legal team told the judge on Thursday the money had not been paid – as sources said she had already racked up legal bills in excess of £300,000.

The family also has ties to the Channel Islands and Monaco.

Sir Jonathan slammed Sir Frederick in an earlier decision over a fight over money, saying he had behaved in a ‘reprehensible’ way.

The judge said the businessman sold a luxury yacht and “applied equity for his own use” in violation of the orders.

He said Lady Barclay had wanted £120m and Sir Frederick had made an offer which could have resulted in her getting nothing.

At an earlier hearing, Sir Frederick had considered applying for legal aid during his divorce battle.

Sir Jonathan, who has reviewed the evidence relating to Sir Frederick’s mental capacity, faces decisions today.

Earlier this year it was claimed in court that the billionaire tycoon had been ‘kicked out’ of his home and his legal costs should be covered by his family.

The court was also told that Sir Frederick was also ‘material in default of payment of legal costs’.

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