Peter Lloyd on the woman who brought a claim for £1.9 million against her ex-husband 22 years after their divorce

Last night Peter Lloyd commented on BBC Radio 5 Live about an outrageous claim – go to 2:39:08 on this link. The other commenter is the awful divorce lawyer Vanessa Lloyd-Platt. The piece will be available on iPlayer for 29 days.

3 thoughts on “Peter Lloyd on the woman who brought a claim for £1.9 million against her ex-husband 22 years after their divorce

  1. Vanessa Lloyd-Platt seems to think we are living in the1930s were women are incapable of getting a job if they have children. What country is she living in? Her reasoning being that the mother must be the primary parent, but at the same time it is an insurmountable burden for the woman to be so. Get a job? impossible apparently. The woman with the claim has never worked, so the State(us) has picked up the bill for her life. The man has got off his ass and done something useful. He has paid towards his son upbringing and has given his son a job. He therefore has also paid vast amount of taxes, What more can he do? The woman should not receive any money for herself. If they say he should have paid more support for the son then most of the money that she gets should then be given to the son, it is not to pay anything she has spent after all.

    Well lets look at an equivalent real life situation where the woman has done well. J. K. Rowling.

    “A graduate of Exeter University, Rowling moved to Portugal in 1990 to teach English. There, she met and married the Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes. The couple’s daughter, Jessica, was born in 1993. After her marriage ended in divorce, Rowling moved to Edinburgh with her daughter to live near her younger sister, Di. While struggling to support Jessica and herself on welfare, Rowling worked on a book, the idea for which had reportedly occurred to her while she was traveling on a train from Manchester to London in 1990. After a number of rejections, she finally sold the book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the word “Philosopher” was changed to “Sorcerer” for its publication in America), for the equivalent of about $4,000. The book, and its subsequent series, chronicled the life of Harry Potter, a young wizard, and his motley band of cohorts at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”

    Rowling, now Britain’s 13th wealthiest woman—wealthier than even the Queen—does not plan to write any more books in the series, but has not entirely ruled out the possibility.”

    Has Jorge Arantes claimed any lottery ticket sized back pay? Did her living on welfare stop her using her brains to earn a fantastic living? Nope.

    Welcome to the current scandalous mess that is the British family law courts that does not recognised the modern world at all. Getting married for men is currently is seems an open ended contract, even after divorce, with unwritten rules that makes paying State taxes a dream in comparison. There should be no one who can justify that no changes need to be made.

  2. Another classic woman’s performance from Vanessa Lloyd-Platt: harsh voiced, strident, constantly interrupting the male guest, given far longer than him to advance her case and able only to counter his points with ‘I disagree’.

    I don’t know the details of this case so won’t comment but it does see to be morally, and hopefully legally, insupportable.

    A few years ago there was an interesting documentary on the working of what was then the recently established Supreme Court and one of the cases followed was unusual in that it had been brought by a divorced man seeking a large settlement from a much wealthier wife, despite having signed a prenuptial agreement not to do so. The court found, by a majority of eleven to one, for the woman on the argument that the issue was clearly and simply one of contract law. The sole dissenter was the only female judge on the panel. She found for the claimant because, she said, a judgement against the woman would go against the interests of women because they make up the overwhelming majority of claimants in such cases. Hers was a purely emotional and partisan decision with no legal basis.

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