Bishop ‘hid funds in divorce case’

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Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A bishop who used to be a banker has been criticised by a judge who concluded that he had hundreds of thousands of pounds in offshore accounts.

He was found to have failed to disclose “significant resources” by a judge who was analysing a divorce money fight in a family court.

Judge Richard Robinson concluded that the man’s financial “disclosure” to his estranged wife had been “lamentable and not frank”.

Detail has emerged in a written ruling on a legal issue in the case by another, more senior, judge – Mr Justice Moor, who sits in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Moor said no-one involved could be identified.

The judge said the man had been a successful banker and had worked in the United States.

He said the man had subsequently been ordained into the Anglican church and indicated that he was now working as a bishop overseas.

The man’s wife had been a health service manager and the couple had lived in an £825,000 home in south-west London.

Both were in their 50s.

Mr Justice Moor said Judge Robinson had made a ruling on the case and had ordered the man to transfer the London property – plus some properties he owned abroad – to his estranged wife.

He said he had been asked to analyse a separate, specific legal issue in the wake of Judge Robinson’s ruling.

But he outlined some of Judge Robinson’s findings in his ruling on the legal issue.

He said Judge Robinson had concluded that the man had “significant resources in addition to those disclosed”.

“Adverse inferences were drawn as his disclosure was found to be lamentable and not frank,” said Mr Justice Moor.

“The finding was that he had hundreds of thousands of pounds in offshore accounts/investments along with further undisclosed assets.”

Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by The News Editor

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