Real Housewives star owes nearly £1m after marriage breaks down, judge says

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A woman who starred in ITV TV show The Real Housewives Of Cheshire owes almost £1million after becoming embroiled in a dispute in Family Court following the breakdown of her marriage, has been informed a judge.

Lauren Simon had borrowed to pay lawyers to represent her in a financial dispute with Paul Simon, Deputy High Court Judge Nicholas Cusworth has heard.

But she had subsequently concluded an amicable agreement which “compromised all her financial claims”.

A disputed loan company called Integro Funding, which trades as Level, had given him a series of loans which now totaled, with interest, almost £1million, the judge heard.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire airs on ITV (PA)

Judge Cusworth has now concluded that Level should be a party to the ongoing litigation involving Simon and Mr Simon.

The judge gave details in a ruling on the final stage of the litigation, which began in 2016, following a recent Family Court hearing in London.

He named both Simon and Mr. Simon in the decision.

Another judge had ruled, in 2018, that Simon should receive a payment of £3million.

The Court of Appeal judges overturned this decision.

Judge Cusworth said Simon and Mr Simon had then agreed, out of court, that she would get a house but ‘no additional liquid capital’.

He said Simon had reached an agreement, “the effect of which was to jeopardize all his financial claims”, after parting ways with his lawyers.

Level had written to the court a few days after the agreement was reached, explaining that Simon was “a party to a loan agreement for a substantial sum” and asking to be “joined in the proceedings”, the judge said.

A letter from the company said: ‘We have been informed that she may try to reach an agreement with the husband whereby she waives her entire lump sum, which would prevent her from being able to meet her obligations under the loan agreement. .”

Judge Cusworth said it was ‘desirable’ for Level to be part of the proceedings so that the ‘clearly related issues’ between the company and Simon, and between Simon and Mr Simon could be ‘fairly and expeditiously resolved’ .

Judge Cusworth said the out-of-court agreement gave Simon “the right to reside on property” owned by Mr Simon’s trust for the rest of his life.

He said the dispute between Simon and Mr. Simon involved other issues besides money.

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