"This is a case where the husband would have benefited from having a consent order drafted up incorporating the terms of a clean break order at the time when the parties first separated as opposed to leaving himself open for a claim some 10 years later."
When the couple divorced, Mr Briers, 61, gave his wife, 58, £150,000 to pay off the mortgage and let her keep their £700,000 family home, a court was told. She also got a £10,000-a-year salary, plus child maintenance – but he kept the business. Mr Briers says they made a "verbal agreement" at the time that the "settlement" would represent a clean break between them. But, after her relationship with her new partner broke down, Mrs Briers went to the divorce courts asking for more. And a judge found she deserved a £2.7 million slice of his £10 million fortune last year.