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A multi-millionaire investment banker and his estranged wife have faced off in a dramatic court battle after being cleared of the assault.

Clive Standish and Anna Standish are battling in the High Court over money after their bitter divorce dispute over their £11million estate.

They were both at a private hearing at the Family Division in London today as a judge opened the proceedings.

Mr Standish has previously been accused of attacking Mrs Standish, who was in the process of divorcing her, by trying to break into a door behind her.

Ms Standish, who threatened to ‘get him out’ of their 83-acre home in Basingstoke, had claimed her husband tried to hit her during the argument.

But a district judge dismissed the case in May, saying the breakdown of the marriage led to “emotion interfering with reality”.

He ruled that accounts of the incident were ‘exaggerated’ and that the ‘sad circumstances’ of the divorce led to his memory being ‘distorted’.

Clive Standish (pictured) and Anna Standish are battling in the High Court over money after their bitter divorce from their £11million estate

Mr Standish (pictured) has previously been accused of attacking Mrs Standish, who was in the process of divorcing her, by trying to break into a door behind her

Mr Standish (pictured) has previously been accused of attacking Mrs Standish, who was in the process of divorcing her, by trying to break into a door behind her

Moundsmere Manor is set in 83 acres (above) near the village of Preston Candover, was built in 1908 but the original mansion dates back even further.  It once belonged to Henry VIII and was part of the wedding gifts of two of his wives

Moundsmere Manor is set in 83 acres (above) near the village of Preston Candover, was built in 1908 but the original mansion dates back even further. It once belonged to Henry VIII and was part of the wedding gifts of two of his wives

Stately home belonging to King Henry VIII… what is Moundsmere Manor?

The current Moundsmere Mansion in Hampshire was built in 1908 by Edwardian architect Sir Reginald Blomfield for Wilfred Buckley, an English merchant who returned to the UK after making his fortune in America.

The red-brick Grade II listed building is now owned by Mr Standish after it was put on the market in 2010 for £10.95million.

The 15-bedroom stately home was previously owned by Tory peer Lord Laidlaw de Rothiemay.

The original mansion dates back even further, having belonged to Henry VIII and being part of the wedding gifts of two of his wives – Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard.

In 1543 it was exchanged by King Henry as part of an agreement with Winchester College.

Judge Moor, who oversaw a preliminary hearing today, said the two could be named in the media, but further details could not be released.

Mr Standish is said to have spied on his wife’s emails and tracked her via GPS after believing she was in an ‘inappropriate relationship’.

After filing for divorce, he confronted her because she said she would ‘get’ him out of their stately home in Moundsmere Manor, Hampshire.

The court heard that Mr Standish entered the courtyard at his estate last March to complain about the ‘bloody’ divorce and call his wife a gold digger.

He was later accused of raising his fist at a bystander who interfered, although the judge ruled last year that it was not meant to be aggressive.

After his wife came inside, the 68-year-old followed her and was accused of ‘breaking into’ a door she had tried to lock behind her.

Appearing before Aldershot Magistrates Court, Ms Standish told the court the couple first met in 1996 and after living together in Switzerland and Australia they returned to the UK United in 2011.

The court heard in 2019 that his wife had filed for divorce but stayed at the £11million Moundsmere mansion, which sits on 83 acres near the village of Preston Candover.

Ms Standish told the court the relationship had its “ups and downs”.

She said: ‘Clive was constantly opening my emails, constantly going to my computer, constantly going to my car and checking my sat nav. He was in my personal space and went through my drawers.

In March 2020, Ms Standish alleged her husband ‘came out very angry, immediately shouting at me loudly’ as she stood in the yard of the house.

She said: “I asked him what he had been doing all day and he said ‘thinking about that damn divorce’ and called me a gold digger, he was so mad.”

She told the court she entered the house and tried to lock Mr Standish outside, but he started kicking the door open.

A passerby speaking in evidence said: “He [Mr Standish] came out screaming… he said she was a gold digger and said horrible things in an angry voice.

In court, Mr Standish denied two counts, one of assault by beating his wife and the other of simple assault on the spectator.

He told the court there were problems in his marriage as early as 2013, when he began to suspect “Anna was having an inappropriate relationship with a particular man”.

Despite this, they went through a difficult period and when he learned of the existence of divorce proceedings, he said he was “surprised”.

On March 15, 2020, Mr Standish said he entered the yard when the passerby confronted him.

District Judge Timothy Pattinson found Mr Standish not guilty in Aldershot Magistrates Court (above), saying the circumstances

District Judge Timothy Pattinson found Mr Standish not guilty in Aldershot Magistrates’ Court (above), saying the ‘very sad’ circumstances of the divorce led to a ‘distortion’ of events

He said, “I raised my hand to shoulder height and [she] stopped dead in its tracks.

‘Anna saw it immediately and grabbed my hand with both arms. She said I was going to hit her. I said I certainly wasn’t.

“I made absolutely no attempt to throw a punch. I immediately followed them to the door.

He continued: “Anna was shutting it up and I stopped her from shutting it up. I didn’t push particularly hard.

He said that was when he called her a gold digger, as he claimed she said “I’ll get you out of Moundsmere”.

District Judge Timothy Pattinson found Mr Standish not guilty on both counts, saying the “very sad” circumstances of the divorce led to a “distortion” of events.

As a result, he said the prosecution had failed to prove their case and acquitted Mr Standish of all charges.

Giving reasons for his conclusion, Judge Pattinson said: “I think I cannot be satisfied with either charge, so I am sure the prosecution has proven their case.”

Former UBS chief financial officer Clive Standish (pictured in 2006) won a slice of £45million when he left the Swiss bank

Former UBS chief financial officer Clive Standish (pictured in 2006) won a slice of £45million when he left the Swiss bank

“My reasons are primarily because of what I find to be an exaggeration and unreliability of Anna’s evidence and [the other witnesses]…Essentially, because of emotion that interfered with reality.

‘[That] is different from saying Anna or [the other witnesses] deliberately came to court to tell lies – I’m not saying that.

“I just think this very, very sad situation led to a distortion of what really happened.”

Mr. Standish began his professional career with NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd in London.

In 1998, Standish was appointed chairman and CEO of the Asia-Pacific branch of global investment banking firm UBS AG.

In 2003, he joined the bank’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland as Group CFO of UBS AG until 2007 when he retired following huge subprime losses at the bank.

In 2008, it emerged on his departure that he had split a nearly £45m payout with the former chief executive and head of the Swiss giant’s investment bank.

The current Moundsmere Mansion was built in 1908 by Edwardian architect Sir Reginald Blomfield for Wilfred Buckley, an English merchant who returned to the UK after making his fortune in America.

The red-brick Grade II listed building is now owned by Mr Standish after it was put on the market in 2010 for £10.95million.

The 15-bedroom stately home was previously owned by Tory peer Lord Laidlaw de Rothiemay.

The original mansion dates back even further, having belonged to Henry VIII and being part of the wedding gifts of two of his wives – Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard.

In 1543 it was exchanged by King Henry as part of an agreement with Winchester College.