Former Manchester United star will follow precedent set by bin-liner entrepreneur to argue for more than half of 40m fortune
Ryan Giggs must follow in the footsteps of a bin-liner entrepreneur and convince a divorce hearing of something that Manchester United devotees take for awarded: that he is a genius.
Giggs will argue in the high court that he should be awarded more than half of the 40 m fate he shares with his wife because of his special contribution to their marital millions. If the 43 -year-olds legal team can convince a judge that this contribution possesses the spark of genius then he had been able to predominate, under a precedent set by the man who earned his fortune from introducing black plastic bin liners to the UK.
Giggss lawyers this week told the high court that they will call witnesses to prove that he is a genius and contributed far more to his 10 -year marriage than his spouse Stacey Cooke. They argued this should trump statute that states homebuilding and companionship are of equal significance to breadwinning.
However, one legal expert warned that the strategy is high-risk. No magistrate likes the idea of people expending huge amounts to legally brag about their own self-imagined genius, said David Ruck, a partner and divorce specialist at statute firm Gordon Dadd. The courtrooms are very reluctant to describe what a special contribution is, adding that it has only been acknowledged in a handful of cases where the sums are massive.