Sir Frederick Barclay’s ex-wife asks judge to commit him to jail in money fight

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usinessman Sir Frederick Barclay’s ex-wife has asked a judge to commit him to prison after alleging that he breached orders made in a High Court fight over money.

Lady Hiroko Barclay said 87-year-old Sir Frederick is in contempt of court and accused him of breaching orders relating to the payment of money and production of documents.

Detail of her application emerged at a preliminary online public hearing, overseen by judge Sir Jonathan Cohen, in the Family Division of the High Court on Thursday.

Lawyers representing Sir Frederick indicated he would mount a defence.

Lady Hiroko Barclay (left) leaves the High Court (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) / PA Archive

Sir Jonathan ruled in May that Lady Barclay should receive lump sums totalling £100 million following the breakdown of a 34-year marriage.

She says Sir Frederick has breached orders made by Sir Jonathan to hand over half of the £100 million and to produce documents.

Committal hearings are normally heard in public.

Lawyers representing Sir Frederick had argued that Lady Barclay’s application should be considered at private hearings, as evidence relating to confidential financial information would be aired.

Sir Jonathan dismissed that application and said hearings would be staged in public, but he indicated that it might be necessary to hear some evidence in private or impose reporting restriction.

He said the final hearing would be staged early next year.

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay after receiving their knighthoods / PA Wire

Lawyers representing Sir Frederick asked if the final hearing could be staged online to avoid him having to travel because of his age.

The judge did not rule out that possibility.

Sir Frederick and his twin brother Sir David were among the UK’s most high-profile businessmen.

Sir David died aged 86 in January.

Their business interests included Telegraph Newspaper Group and The Ritz hotel in London.

Sir Jonathan has overseen private hearings relating to the Barclays’ fight over money. He allowed reporters to attended hearings, name Sir Frederick and Lady Barclay, and report some detail.

The judge criticised Sir Frederick in a ruling in May, saying he had behaved in a “reprehensible” fashion during the dispute.

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