As one of the wealthy investors on Dragons’ Den, Julie Meyer used to tell budding entrepreneurs: ‘I’m out!’, if she didn’t want to plough any cash into their projects.
Now, she seems to have said the same to a High Court judge as she failed to attend a hearing last week. And the court has just issued a warrant for the American’s arrest.
The venture capitalist, 55, was handed a six-month suspended sentence for contempt of court earlier this month after she failed to hand over financial documents and repeatedly failed to attend hearings over unpaid fees to the Queen’s solicitors, Farrer & Co.
Meyer, who was awarded an honorary MBE in 2011 and advised David Cameron’s government, claimed she was unable to travel to court from her home in Switzerland due to having the eye condition conjunctivitis and being unjabbed.
Julie Meyer (pictured above), 55, claimed she was unable to travel to court from her home in Switzerland due to having the eye condition conjunctivitis and being unjabbed
But it was ruled that her medical evidence was not grounds to avoid attending the court hearings in person. She was said to owe almost £200,000 to Farrers, which represented her in a court case in Malta.
The High Court heard she failed to pay Farrer partner Julian Pike £197,000, claiming the firm had provided a poor standard of service, which had been worth about £50,000.
It is understood the warrant for her arrest was issued after she failed to attend a court hearing on Valentine’s Day. When Meyer was handed a suspended sentence, Mr Justice Kerr said she had shown herself ‘to be a selfish and untrustworthy person’.
The judge said: ‘I am satisfied there is every prospect that the defendant will continue to flout orders of the court unless coerced into obeying them.’
The High Court (file photo) heard she failed to pay Farrer partner Julian Pike £197,000, claiming the firm provided a poor standard of service, which had been worth about £50,000
He added that some of the evidence filed on Meyer’s behalf sought to show her as ‘too important for the courts of England and Wales to take precedent over her other interests’.
Meyer said: ‘Farrer & Co has abused their privileged position as ‘the Queen’s lawyers’.’
She claimed the firm had ‘avoided any normal scrutiny of invoices’ and its ‘approach has been to harass me and my firm’.
Dame Edna pals with her little possum again
On stage he’s the flamboyant, lilac-haired Sydney housewife Dame Edna Everage. Out of costume, Barry Humphries finds family can be no laughing matter.
He’s admitted he fell out with his son, fine-art dealer and journalist Oscar Humphries, who had been left damaged by the breakdown of the Australian comedian’s third marriage, to artist Diane Millstead.
‘I think Oscar was feeling a bit hard done by, but we’re very good friends now,’ says Humphries, 88. ‘There had been moments when he felt scarred, I think, after his mother and I separated.’ Oscar said in 2017 he was dropping his famous surname because he was so angry.
Sophie savours the sweet taste of home
For her 26th birthday, the Northampton-born actress was presented with a spectacular British-themed, five-tier cake, featuring Union flags, the London skyline, the Queen’s guards and even an iced plate of bangers and mash
Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark in the sex and dragons drama, gave birth to her first child, Willa, in 2020
Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner moved to California after marrying American pop star Joe Jonas, but she is still keen on a taste of home.
For her 26th birthday, the Northampton-born actress was presented with a spectacular British-themed, five-tier cake, featuring Union flags, the London skyline, the Queen’s guards and even an iced plate of bangers and mash. Turner, who played Sansa Stark in the sex and dragons drama, gave birth to her first child, Willa, in 2020.
She has admitted disliking the superficiality of LA, saying: ‘I have a lot of friends who were brought up in the UK like me [who] are working in LA as actors. They’re stuck in this place where everyone is so far up your a**e.’
Waitrose’s announcement that it’s to start selling potato ‘milk’ has left the quintessentially middle-class comedian Jack Whitehall bewildered.
‘We’ve got enough milks now,’ he declares. ‘I went to buy a coffee recently near to where I live in London. They said: ‘Ok, sir, what kind of milk would you like?
‘We’ve got coconut milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, cashew milk, macadamia nut milk, oat milk, rice milk, hemp milk, soy milk.
‘You can have it from a bean, from a pulse, from a grain, from an oat, from flax, from a leaf, from a seed, from a tree.’
Alice Temperley held a lavish party at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge
Alice is a survivor
The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite bohemian designer, Alice Temperley, whose business went into administration last year, is determined to celebrate its survival.
Alice held a lavish party at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge this week, where she marked the 22nd anniversary of Temperley London with friends including top model Laura Bailey.
‘It’s time to raise a toast to the first 22 years of Temperley London and everything still to come,’ says Temperley, 46, whose firm faced unpaid debts of £31 million before winning fresh investment.
This will scarcely help Cambridge University’s appeal to teenagers from poorer backgrounds. I hear students working at Corpus Christi College’s May Ball were told to deposit an insurance cheque of £160 as ‘a guarantee of good behaviour’.
That’s more than the £95 most would expect to earn for toiling the whole evening. After I contacted the college, it said it would no longer be requiring deposits from student workers.
Cheers! Here’s to Pelly good plonk
Like Prince Harry, ‘court jester’ Guy Pelly, 40, moved to the U.S. to live with his American wife, and he’s now produced his first wine at their vineyard
Prince Harry tends to look miserable in snaps these days, but his old friend Guy Pelly has reason to raise a glass.
Like Harry, ‘court jester’ Pelly, 40, moved to the U.S. to live with his American wife, and he’s now produced his first wine at their vineyard. ‘It was a big moment after three years of hard work,’ he tells me. ‘It was a great vintage with near perfect weather and for young vines we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.’
Pelly, who is Prince Louis’s godfather, lives with Holiday Inn heiress Elizabeth Wilson, and their three daughters, at Merrie Mill Farm, Virginia. ‘We’ll be bottling next month.’ Chin-chin!
Prince Andrew’s biographer Nigel Cawthorne has come up with a way for the former Falklands helicopter pilot to regain public support: ‘He should volunteer for the frontline in Ukraine right now.’
What could possibly go wrong…