Italian Fashion Tycoon in UK divorce battle

An Italian fashion tycoon and his wife are in the midst of a legal battle in an attempt to settle their multi-million pound divorce in Britain.

Ilaria Giusti, 53, is asking the UK courts to rule on her divorce from shoe designer Ferruccio Ferragamo, despite moving here five years after splitting from her husband.

However, Mr Ferragamo says judges in Italy should make the decisions instead.

Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Baker, who had overseen a Court of Appeal hearing in London earlier this month, said they preferred the argument put forward by Mr Ferragamo’s lawyers.

They said judges in England should ‘defer to the Italian court’ and let Italian judges decide whether they ‘remained seised’ of proceedings.

However, the two appeal judges also said Ms Giusti’s English bid should not be thrown out.

The couple married in 2004. The marriage had broken down after about eight years. They have been estranged since 2012.


No-fault evictions to be banned in England

No-fault evictions are now to be banned in England.

This ruling means private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short notice without good reason.

The government says the new plans are in place to protect renters from “unethical” landlords and give them more long-term security.


First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced similar plans for Wales, while in Scotland new rules requiring landlords to give a reason for ending tenancies were introduced in 2017.

There are no plans in Northern Ireland to end no-fault evictions where a fixed-term tenancy has come to an end.

Currently, landlords can give tenants as little as eight weeks’ notice after a fixed-term contract ends.

Under the government’s new plans, landlords would have to provide a “concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law” in order to bring tenancies to an end.


Research shows number of last-time buyers has increased

New research reveals the number of last-time buyers in the housing market has increased.

The research found that one in three home moves are now made by last-time buyers aged 55 and over.

The study from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) shows that the numbers have almost doubled in the last decade and many buyers in this sector are cash buyers with less than a fifth taking out a mortgage.

The study also found that approximately 63% of older home owners own their property outright, and they account for the bulk, 84%, of all outright owners, holding a disproportionate share of housing equity at £1.8 trillion out of a total £2.6 trillion.

The report says that this strongly suggests that most last-time buyer activity, and much of the growth in that activity, has to date been cash-financed.



Estranged wife of German businessman tells divorce court judge she can’t find a hairdresser in England

The estranged wife of a German businessman has told a divorce court judge how she cannot find a “very good hairdresser” in England even though she moved to London nearly two years ago.

Clarissa Pierburg said she feels compelled to visit a hairdresser in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The problem was revealed to Mr Justice Moor after being embroiled in a dispute with Jurgen Pierburg following the breakdown of their 35-year marriage.

Mr and Mrs Pierburg are contesting where they should divorce.

Mr Justice Moor is overseeing a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Moor heard that both Mr and Mrs Pierburg are German and had lived in Switzerland.


Mrs Pierburg, now in her 60s, says she now lives in London and wants to divorce in England.

Mr Pierburg, however, wants to divorce in Germany.

The judge heard that the marriage broke down after Mr Pierburg admitted having an affair in late 2016.

Landlord refused license because of the conditions of his properties

A landlord has lost his fight to be able to hold a licence to rent properties again after a tribunal found he wasn’t a “fit and proper” landlord.

Derrick Morgan appealed to the Residential Property Tribunal after Rent Smart Wales (RSW) refused to grant him a landlord licence.


However, the tribunal has now dismissed his appeal, meaning he will not be able to rent properties.

The decision by the Residential Property Tribunal stated,


“The concerns related to a number of complaints that had been received by NPT concerning the applicant and which related to the poor condition of his properties and allegations of illegal eviction of tenants.”

The report said,

“It appears as though NPT had obtained a county court warrant permitting them to gain access to the site and that the inspection was part of a multi-agency initiative. Police officers were also in attendance at the visit. The Applicant had not been given advance notice of the visit.”

Rent Smart Wales wrote to Mr Morgan to notify him that his application for a licence had been refused because of “the condition of his properties, the management practices which he employed, the nature of his spent convictions and his association with his son, Ryan Morgan, who had unspent convictions.”

Mr Morgan, 60, appealed against that decision and the tribunal listed the matter for hearing and inspection for January, 2019.


During the inspection the tribunal was shown a number of properties on the site operated by Mr Morgan.

the report said, “It was clear from the inspection that several of the properties were in the process of having work carried out to them. In all save one property, there was no evidence at all that the properties were occupied. However, it was clear that the properties were not of a high standard.”

The tribunal report added, “When asked what types of tenant he housed, Mr Morgan replied that they were all in dire straits when they came to him.

“They were homeless, sleeping on park benches or had come to him via government units. He referred to them as being a ‘low class type of tenant’.”

UK court ends marriage of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Princess Tessy

A UK divorce court judge has ended the marriage of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Princess Tessy.

Mr Justice MacDonald pronounced a decree absolute at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

A ruling on the division of money and property was published by Mr Justice MacDonald four months ago following a trial.

Mr Justice MacDonald said Prince Louis and Princess Tessy could be named in media coverage of the case, but placed limits on what could be reported.

The judge heard that the couple began a relationship in 2004, married in 2006 and had two children.

Mr Justice MacDonald decided that Princess Tessy and the children could live in a property the couple had shared when married.

He said the prince would pay the princess “nominal” maintenance and pay child maintenance of £4,000 a year per child.

Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit

International students are to be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to increase numbers of overseas students after Brexit.

The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation.

Announcing the strategy, the Department for Education (DfE) said, “There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and master’s students, and a year for doctoral students.”

The announcement said the government would also consider “how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment”, hinting at another possible change in policy.

Tenant who caused £25k damage evicted

A tenant who caused £25,000 worth of damage to the flat she was renting out has been evicted.

The property East Yorkshire was found in a ‘disgusting’ condition by its landlord, with holes in the walls, smashed windows and ripped up floorboards. The radiators were ripped from walls lying on top of mounds of rubbish. Debris was found on the smashed hob and the bathroom was covered in filth.

Landlord Phil Withnall said he had not seen anything of this nature in the 25 years of letting property.


Mr Withnall estimated the cost of having to repair the damage done by mum-of-five Katie Bentley as £25,000.


Mr Withnall said she allowed the home to be infiltrated by squatters and claims she did not pay rent for the last six months she was living there.


He said he had even offered Miss Bentley £500 to leave and changed the locks multiple times.

After securing an eviction notice through the county court, Mr Withnall went to the High Court to apply for private bailiffs to speed up the process.


Mr Withnall said, “I knew it was going to be bad, but it was worse than I imagined…She was a nightmare tenant and a nightmare neighbour. I am pleased for all the neighbours this has come to an end, and they are pleased for me.”



Unhappy tenants can now sue their landlords

A new law has come into force enabling people living in rented accommodation the opportunity to sue their landlords over unfit homes.

On Wednesday, March 20, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into effect, allowing tenants to go to the courts if they feel their landlord is not keeping their property well maintained.

This Act will apply to tenancies of less than seven years in England and Wales in an update of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.


Legal action can be taken on a number of issues, including properties that are too cold or too hot, have damp or mould as well as noise and lighting issues.





Businessman ordered to give his ex £25m

An Omani businessman worth more than £300million has been ordered to give his ex-wife £25million after she argued she needed a £400,000-a-year for holidays and a further £60k for pocket money.

The Family Division of the High Court in London heard the case of Talal Al Zawawi, 48 and his ex-wife Leila Hammoud, 36.

Ms Hammoud said she needed £400,000 a year for holidays for her and their three children, more than £60,000 a year to buy jewellery, more than £60,000 a year ‘pocket money’, £60,000 a year for ‘spectator events’ and £24,000 a year to buy shoes.

Mr Justice Holman concluded that about £21 million would meet her needs and about £3 million would be suitable for the children’s needs.

The calculations included more than £5million for a house and £75,000 for a car.

The judge said Mr Al Zawawi and Ms Hammoud could be named in media reports but he said their children should not be named.

Mr Justice Holman highlighted that under Omani law Ms Hammoud would get no financial provision and said it was right that she should make a cash claim in England.