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Legal history made as actor loses £300,000 in gay 'divorce' ruling

Publié par Clifford Armion le 30/03/2012

Adam Sherwin

A West End star lost part of the £1.7m settlement he was awarded following the break-up of his civil partnership, after the Court of Appeal ruled that his "home-making" role did not entitle him to a larger slice of the couple's assets.

In the first case of the Court of Appeal adjudicating over the settlement of a same-sex partnership, actor Don Gallagher, who played Bernadette on stage in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, was ordered to give up £300,000 to ex-partner Peter Lawrence, a City high-flier.

The judgment follows a legal battle between wealthy equity analyst Mr Lawrence, 47, and the actor, 54, who despite entering the relationship with assets of just £40,000, was awarded £1.7m of the couple's £4m assets, in part because of his contribution to maintaining a "lovely home".
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"Legal history made as actor loses £300,000 in gay 'divorce' ruling ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 23/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/legal-history-made-as-actor-loses-300-000-in-gay-divorce-ruling-