In the case of Julie Sharp v Robin Sharp, the Court of Appeal ruled a couple of days that the combination of potentially relevant factors - a short marriage, no children, dual incomes and separate finances - was sufficient to justify departing from an equal sharing principle to achieve overall fairness between the two parties.

The High Court, in November 2015, awarded Robin Sharp £2.7m, which represented half of the total matrimonial assets. Julie Sharp argued that her ex-husband should receive only £1.3m.  The Court of Appeal ruled that Robin Sharp should be awarded £2m. It dismissed Julie Sharp's appeal against a December 2015 order requiring her to pay Robin Sharp £80,000 in costs as a contribution to his overall £200,000 costs bill.