A millionaire who met his former wife working in his chip shop business has lost a legal bid to have her £3.9m divorce settlement cut.
The woman – who can only be identified as SCA – was given the settlement following proceedings at the Court of Session earlier this year.
The woman married her husband – who can only be identified as MMA – in February 1989.
She worked as a counter assistant and a pizza chef in the business.
The couple then built a business empire involving restaurants and commercial property throughout the west of Scotland.
The judge concluded that the marriage had broken down “irretrievably” and that there wasn’t any “prospect of reconciliation.”
The judge also said the family’s total assets amounted to £10,279,731 and concluded that SCA was entitled to £3,936,565.
Lady Wise added: “Both parties contributed to this marriage in different ways.
SCA worked in the fish and chip shops and in the pizzeria…. and running the family home.”
Lawyers for the husband went to the Inner House of the Court of Session.
They told civil appeal judges Lord Malcolm, Lord Pentland and Lord Woolman that their colleague had made errors in her calculations about the couple’s actual wealth.
MMA’s legal team said the figure should be reduced.
However, in a written judgement published by the court, Lord Malcolm rejected the claim and concluded that Lady Wise acted correctly.
Lord Malcolm wrote: “She listened to the competing submissions and reached a decision which cannot be described as unreasonable or manifestly wrong.”
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