'Highly-educated' professional spend £500,000 on divorce battle

High-flying City worker and his solicitor wife fought ‘destructive and emotionally bruising’ legal battle over children and money costing £500,000 after their 12-year marriage broke down, appeal court judge says

  • Melanie Panzone and Jonathon Read have spent more than £500k on lawyers
  • Their divorce battle is currently being heard by the Court of Appeal in London
  • Solicitor and city worker married in 2002 but their marriage broke down in 2014 

Solicitor Melanie Panzone (pictured outside court at an earlier hearing in London) and City worker Jonathon Read have been fighting each other through the courts since their 12-year marriage broke down in 2014

Two ‘highly-educated’ professionals became embroiled in a ‘destructive and disproportionate’ divorce battle that has seen them spend £500,000 on lawyers.

Solicitor Melanie Panzone and banker Jonathon Read have been fighting each other through the courts since their 12-year marriage broke down in 2014. 

Their most recent hearing at the Court of Appeal in London was told they had been fighting over their children and joint wealth for around five years. 

Lady Justice King, Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Leggatt said the battle has been ’emotional bruising’ for all those involved. 

Lady Justice King said both were highly educated and had high-earning careers – Mr Read worked in the City – when they married in 2002.

But she said evidence showed that their comfortable lifestyle could not be maintained, largely because of the ‘intolerable burden’ of legal costs.

Mr Read had complained about decisions made by a lower-ranking judge and appeal judges considered a number of legal issues.

Appeal judges ruled in Mr Read’s favour in some aspects.

But he lost a fight over a £150,000 lump sum he had been ordered to pay.  

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