Barrister wins damages from former fiance

Last updated at 11:53 24 June 2004

Barrister Kerry Cox today won most of her claims against a fellow barrister she said promised her property valued at more than £1 million when they were engaged.

Kerry Cox launched the High Court claim against Lawrence Jones who she claimed was her fiance until she was forced to break off the engagement because of his drunken violence.

Miss Cox said that during the time she was with Mr Jones, she was promised a half-share of a mill they were converting in Essex and full ownership of a flat in Islington, north London, above her own home in Thornhill Bridge Wharf.

Mr Justice Mann, who said in his judgment today that his task had been made more difficult because of the "great bitterness" of the break-up, awarded her the London flat and a 25% share in the mill.

He threw out Mr Jones's claim for the return of an engagement ring valued at £20,000 and Miss Cox's claim for the return of a Fiat car and furniture.

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