Richardson v Richardson and Another

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
JudgeLord Justice Thorpe,Lord Justice Elias
Judgment Date29 July 2010
Neutral Citation[2010] EWCA Civ 1060
CourtCourt of Appeal (Civil Division)
Docket NumberCase No: B4/2010/0859(A)
Date29 July 2010

[2010] EWCA Civ 1060





(His Honour Judge Raynor QC)

Before: Lord Justice Thorpe


Lord Justice Elias

Case No: B4/2010/0859(A)

Eric Keith Richardson
Harriet Ann Richardson (deceased)
Paul Fraser Richardson (the Sole Executor of the Estate of Harriet Ann Richardson)

Mr N Dyer QC and Miss J Chapman (instructed by DWF LLP) appeared on behalf of the Appellant.

Miss Harrison (instructed by Pannone Solicitors) appeared on behalf of the Respondent.

Lord Justice Thorpe

Lord Justice Thorpe:


Permission to appeal was given on 7 May, and for the second time a stay was granted in relation to the payment of lump sum instalments falling due between that date and the date of the fixture. It seems that this appeal will be heard on 8 October, although overtures must be made by counsel's clerk to the listing officer today to ensure that she extends her current allocation of one and-a-half hours to a full day.


That reduces the scale of the dispute between the parties, created by the issue on 29 May of an application for the variation or discharge of the stay. An instalment fell due for payment on 30 June in the sum of £288,000. In addition, the estate of the deceased applicant in the ancillary relief proceedings has been short of interest due on the lump sum. The interest has, under the pressure of this fixture today, been paid up to 7 May, but Mr Dyer for the appellant has given an assurance that, whatever our ruling, interest will be paid, presumably for the months May/June through to September/October. So the focus must be upon the unpaid June instalment of £288,000.


On the one hand, Mr Dyer says that the respondent has no need. On the other hand, the respondent says that without the money he will be hard-pressed to deal with the mortgagees and to maintain working capital for the business. It is hard for us to resolve these disputed positions.


Accordingly, it seems to me as a matter of principle that the order below stands, unless a clear case has been demonstrated for the maintenance of the stay. I...

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