Oscar Olu Williams, 62, represented himself at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court yesterday after his ex-wife Melanie accused him of being in contempt of court and asked a judge to commit him to prison.

He told Mrs Justice Parker that he did not have the £2,000 to £3,000 he would need to pay for a barrister to represent him at the hearing and was “waiting for money to come in from clients”.

She said she took Ms Olu Williams’ complaints seriously.

But she said she was giving Mr Olu Williams a “respite” because she was concerned about him not having legal representation when facing the possibility of prison.

These are difficult cases but the courts' patience will only last so long. The ex-wife has an excellent barrister who we regularly use, Mr McCourt from 1KBW chambers so we await with interest the next instalment of this enforcement process.