Mr Justice Holman has urged a couple, in a legal battle (where their legal bills are totalling approximately £1m) to have a serious discussion to try and settle.

The couple divorced in March 2013 but have yet to agree a financial settlement.

He referred their ongoing litigation to be like a boxing match, the biggest worry being the children caught in the middle.

I always advise my clients, wherever possible, to reach an early settlement.

Whilst it's not always possible to avoid court proceedings, it doesn't mean they have to run to a Final Hearing. Court proceedings aren't just expensive, they take an emotional toll on everyone involved.

They should always be regarded as a very last resort.