Li Quan and Stuart Bray met in 1990, and married in 2001. Both were united by their passion for saving the Chinese tiger and invested vast amounts of time and money into a venture to save the endangered animals.
During the course of their marriage, the husband transferred almost all his wealth to a charitable trust registered in Mauritius. Though this was ostensibly to support their tiger project, the wife, represented by Vardags, has argued that it was set up in such a way that the husband could extract wealth from it, and that it was used to fund their lifestyle during the marriage. She sought to argue that the money was settled as part of a “nuptial settlement”, a special kind of trust which the court can vary in matrimonial proceedings.
The Court of Appeal found against the wife in a hearing held from 31 January to 2 February 2017.
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