Following on from the Supreme Court decision last year, Helen Roocroft now seeks to challenge the settlement she received following the dissolution of her civil partnership. If successful, this will be the first case involving a civil partnership in which a former partner seeks to reconsider the settlement she received, on the basis of non-disclosure.
For those of you not familiar with "non-disclosure," this involves one partner either deliberately misleading or failing to disclose the true extent of their financial circumstances. More detail can be found in a previous blog, referring to last year's Supreme Court decision http://www.brethertons.co.uk/site/blog/financial-disclosure
Helen Roocroft, 42, claims that Carol Ann Ainscow misled her about her wealth when they split up in 2010, leading to her accepting a “modest” six-figure settlement instead of a larger share of her multi-million pound assets. Ms Ainscow, who was once estimated in the Sunday Times Rich list as having a £30 million fortune, said she had been left with only assets of only £750,000 by the time the couple dissolved their civil partnership.