Nigeria: appeal for customary law in UK divorce case
According to The Daily Telegraph, he was ordered to pay £17.5 million to his former wife of 15 years, 49-year-old Yasmin, after judges asserted the he was worth ’conservatively … at least £37.5 million’ and he had treated divorce proceedings ‘like a game’.
Now Mr Prest, who built his fortune in the UK and lives in London, is attempting to overturn that ruling by claiming that owing to the circumstance in which he founded his company, Petrodel Resources, Nigerian Itsekiri customary law should be considered.
Under that local law, Mr Prest could claim that he does not own his company’s assets. Instead, the assets are ‘held in trust’ for his children and those of his siblings.
Lord Justice Thorpe told Mr Prest: ‘We are giving you leave on the customary law point and permission to bring in the Nigerian judgment.’ He concluded: ‘The ownership of Petrodel Resources is bound up with Nigeria and may be governed by customary law.’
Justice Thorpe also criticised the legal costs of the case, which have reached almost £3 million since the couple split in 2008.