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Mills awarded 24.3m settlement
Heather Mills outside court
Heather Mills spoke to press on the steps of the court

Heather Mills has been awarded 24.3m in her divorce settlement with estranged husband Sir Paul McCartney.

Speaking outside London's High Court, Ms Mills said she was "glad it's over" and "it was an incredible result to secure mine and my daughter's future".

As part of the deal, Ms Mills will receive 14 million for herself and 2.5m to buy a house in London.

The couple failed to reach an agreement in court last month, leaving the judge to determine the final figure.


16.5m lump sum, including 2.5m to buy London property
7.8m assets
35,000 a year for daughter Beatrice - plus nanny and school fees

The settlement will also see the former Beatle pay their four-year-old daughter Beatrice's nanny and school fees and will pay Beatrice 35,000 a year.

The judge awarded a lump sum of 16.5m and assets of 7.8m.

The summary judgment stated that Ms Mills had sought 125m and been offered 15.8m by Sir Paul.

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The judge ruled that Sir Paul was worth 400m, whereas Ms Mills claimed the singer was worth some 800m.

Speaking on the steps of the High Court - surrounded by a media scrum - Ms Mills insisted she was "very, very happy" with the decision.

But she said she would be appealing against the publication of the ruling on Tuesday morning because of concerns for the security of her daughter.

Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, 17 March 2008

"I'm not appealing against the judgment because it's not worth it," she said.

"I'm appealing against the publication of it because it has so many details of me and my daughter in it. It has a stay on it until the appeal tomorrow."

The judge found that the total value of all Sir Paul's assets, including his business assets, was about 400 million and that there was no evidence at all before him that he was worth 800 million.

'Save a fortune'

The judge also refused to permit either party to raise as an issue the alleged conduct of the other on the broad ground that it was irrelevant.

Ms Mills, who sacked her lawyer and represented herself in court, urged would-be divorcees to do the same thing.

Basketball star Michael Jordan: paid an estimated $168m (84m) to his wife of nearly 18 years when they divorced in November 2007
Neil Diamond: gave an estimated $150m (75m) to Marcia Murphey, whom he divorced in 1996
Steven Spielberg: first wife Amy Irving was awarded an estimated $100m (50m) in 1989
Harrison Ford: paid an estimated $85m (42.5m) to his second wife, Melissa Mathison

"You can be a litigant in person. It's not easy, but just make sure you do all your research, save yourself a fortune," she said.

Ms Mills made reference to the 35,000 a year their daughter would receive.

"Beatrice only gets 35,000 a year - so obviously she's meant to travel B class while her father travels A class, but obviously I will pay for that."

The settlement equated to 17,000 ($34,000) for every day of the couple's marriage.

There was speculation why Sir Paul McCartney's lawyer Fiona Shackleton left the court with her hair looking wet.

Fiona Shackleton entering and leaving court (Photos: Getty and AP)
Sir Paul's lawyer Fiona Shackleton left court with wet hair (right)

The BBC called Heather Mills who said Ms Shackleton had been "baptised in court", but did not say whether she had thrown water at the lawyer.

A spokesman for Sir Paul McCartney said he would not be commenting on the settlement.

Sir Paul, 65, married the former model and charity campaigner Mills, 40, in 2002 but they split four years later, blaming media intrusion into their private lives.

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