Judge draws marriage of Sir Frederick Barclay to a close

Mr Justice Cohen granted a decree nisi on Monday after Sir Frederick, 86, and Lady Hiroko Barclay, 78, had begun fighting over money.

Judge draws marriage of Sir Frederick Barclay to a close

A High Court judge has signalled an end to the marriage of a member of one of Britain’s most famous business families.

Mr Justice Cohen issued a divorce decree on Monday after Sir Frederick Barclay, 86, and Lady Hiroko Barclay, 78, began fighting over money.

Neither Sir Frederick nor Lady Hiroko attended the virtual public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

Sir Frederick and Lady Hiroko had married in May 1987.

Lady Hiroko had petitioned for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour, the judge heard.

Sir Frederick Barclay court case
Lady Hiroko Barclay leaves the High Court in London following an earlier hearing (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

He is expected to publish a ruling soon.

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

Sir David died, aged 86, in January.

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

The family also has links to the Channel Islands and Monaco.

Mr Justice Cohen pronounced a decree nisi at Monday’s hearing.

The hearing lasted less than a minute.

A marriage does not formally end until a decree absolute is pronounced.

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