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McCartney judge 'could go public'
Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
The pair announced the end of their marriage in May 2006
Details of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' divorce settlement could be made public, the High Court says.

The couple failed to reach an agreement earlier this month, leaving the judge to decide how much of Sir Paul's fortune Ms Mills would receive.

Mr Justice Bennet is due to hand down his ruling on 17 March, according to the Judicial Communications Office.

He will then decide "whether or not to make the judgment public in whole or in part," it was revealed in a statement.

The judge's decision will be informed by submissions from both party's legal teams.


The move is seen as something of a surprise, as the hearings were held behind closed doors.

Media reports suggest that Mr Justice Bennet may publish his findings in order to end speculation over the size of the financial settlement, which could be the biggest in British history.

Divorce experts have estimated that, based on recent cases, Ms Mills could walk away with 60m of Sir Paul's estimated 825m fortune.

The current record rests with businessman John Charman, who was ordered to pay 48m to his ex-wife last year.

Ms Mills, 40, married Sir Paul, 65, in June 2002, four years after the death of his first wife Linda from breast cancer.

The couple, who have a four-year-old daughter Beatrice, announced the end of their marriage in 2006.

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