Sophie Ryan

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Sally Ridge fails to pay security for costs

Sally Ridge with daughter Jaime.
Sally Ridge with daughter Jaime.

Sally Ridge's appeal against a High Court decision has stumbled after she failed to pay $5880 as security for costs.

Ridge lost her case claiming half of former partner Adam Parore's Small Business Accounting (SBA) company and unpaid dividends.

In April she was ordered to pay costs of $100,000 to Parore.

Ridge lodged an appeal in March, and was required to pay security for costs of $5,880 by June 12.

The money was not paid, and Ridge applied to the court for a review of the decision requiring security to be paid, or, failing that, for an extension of time to pay.

A Court of Appeal decision released today said Ridge's counsel submitted that she had no means to pay the security or appeal filing fee.

Parore's lawyer pointed out Ridge had not provided any evidence to show she was broke, and Justice John Wild agreed.

The former cricketer's lawyer also referred to the judge's comments in the substantive the cost judgments, describing Ridge's claim as "hopeless" and "always doomed to fail."

Justice Wild said he was of the "tentative view" that the appeal also lacked merit.

"I am disinclined to make any orders facilitating the appellants in pursuing a meritless appeal."

He also noted there had been no move to borrow funds to meet the costs.

"If there was or is any genuine intention to borrow the funds to give security, or any real prospect of borrowing them, I consider that could and should have been done long before now."

Parore and Ridge split in 2010 after nine years together.

A costs judgement following the case in the High Court last year revealed Ridge had turned down a settlement offer worth $500,000 before the hearing in September.

Timeline

2010: Ridge and Parore end their nine-year relationship

September 2013: The property case is heard at the Auckland High Court

February 2014: The High Court decision says Ridge's case fails "at the first hurdle".

April 2014: A costs decision awards Parore $100,000 in costs.

June 2014: Ridge fails to pay fees for an appeal, and an application to have the waived or extend time to pay is dismissed.

- APNZ

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