UK – Wife divorces High Court judge ‘over barrister affair’

A High Court judge who started a relationship with the wife of shot barrister Mark Saunders was divorced by his wife today on the grounds of his adultery.

The wife of Mark Saunders, the barrister shot dead in a police siege at his Chelsea home, has found new love with a High Court judge.

Elizabeth Saunders (left) pictured at the inquest into the death of her husband Mark (top right). She is now in a relationship with Mr Justice Mostyn (bottom right) Photo: CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER

Mr Justice Mostyn’s wife Lucy was granted a decree nisi at a brief hearing in central London.

Neither party attended the proceedings before District Judge Khalid Malik, sitting at the Principal Registry of the Family Division.

It emerged last year that Sir Nicholas, one of Britain’s most respected divorce lawyers until his appointment as a judge, had found new love with Elizabeth Saunders, who barrister husband was shot dead in a police siege at his Chelsea home.

There is no suggestion that the relationship was going on before her husband’s death in a police siege at their £2.2 million in May 2008. Mrs Saunders is also a barrister.

In divorce documents made public today, Sir Nicholas, 54, who was one of the country’s leading divorce lawyers before his appointment as a judge, admitted adultery with an unnamed woman.

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He and his wife married in April 1981 when they were both in their early twenties. They have four children.

Lady Mostyn, who lives in Hertfordshire and lists her occupation as housewife, magistrate and running a livery business, is asked in a divorce document to ”state briefly your reasons for saying that the respondent has committed the adultery alleged”.

She answers: ”The respondent has admitted the adultery.”

Asked on what date ”did it first become known to you that the respondent had committed the adultery alleged?” she gives the date as December 2010.

Lady Mostyn answers ”yes” when asked if she finds it ”intolerable to live with the respondent”.

In a separate document Sir Nicholas, who sits as a judge in the High Court’s family division, is asked: ”Do you admit the adultery alleged in the petition?”

He states: ”Yes.”

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