Holly Valance’s husband at centre of £1.5billion High Court battle

Couple goals: Nick Candy and wife Holly ValanceLife is an unending roller coaster for the billionaire property tycoon Nick Candy.Within the space of a year, he successfully fought a £132 million legal battle against former friend Mark Holyoake and enjoyed the infinitely more agreeable experience of being a guest at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.Now, I can disclose that Candy, who is married to former pop star and Neighbours actress Holly Valance, has become the subject of an even more extraordinary High Court action.And this time, he faces a demand for a stupefying £1.5 billion, even though the argument is over a building costing less than 10 per cent of that! One of the more outlandish claims is for ‘malicious sabotage’ even though this is not a term recognised in English law.The claim, brought by company director Michael Brown, concerns Candy’s £160 million penthouse — the most expensive flat in Britain — at One Hyde Park. The claim also vents at the ‘wanton and indecorous and imbecilic behaviours’ by a member of the Qatari royal family. What a hornets’ nest!’The deal was for me to arrange the sale of Mr Candy’s penthouse at One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, London, for the sum of £175 million,’ alleges Brown in his claim, who names Nick Candy as the first among a number of defendants. ‘Mr Candy was very concerned with getting this affair sorted after calling me for weeks on end, pleading for help to put arrangements in place which would result in the sale to my clients from the Saudi royal family and the House of Saud.’Scroll down for video.   Candy (middle) with David Walliams, Jimmy Carr and Vernon Kay after Candy had won his court case with Mark HolyoakeCandy took out an £80 million mortgage on the pad last October. It was one of the largest loans ever advanced on a British property. Nick Candy (pictured with his wife, Holly Valance) has taken out a £80million mortgage Nick Candy issues a derisive response to Brown’s action. ‘This claim is pure fiction,’ his spokeswoman tells me. ‘The alleged potential purchaser never visited One Hyde Park or the penthouse.’In fact, Mr Brown wrote to Nick Candy in July 2016 to advise that he no longer wished to pursue any potential sale.’The property was never sold and Mr Candy maintains that there was no financial loss to the claimant.’She adds that Candy and his legal team are certain the claim will be thrown out when a ‘strike-out hearing’ is held at the High Court next month.Watch this space.  One Hyde Park has stunning views of London as well as being protected by a number of security features such as panic rooms and bulletproof glass High stakes: Candy’s £160 million penthouse — the most expensive flat in Britain — at One Hyde ParkThe Bling Brothers: How Nick and Christian Candy turned a £6,000 loan from their grandmother into one of Britain’s most successful property developing firms (picking up two very glamorous wives on the way) By Amie Gordon for MailOnline The Epsom-college educated Candy brothers, Nick and Christian, have risen to prominence in a near three-decade long assault on London’s luxury property market.The pair launched themselves into property investment in their early 20s, using a £6,000 loan from their grandmother to refurbish a £122,000 one-bedroom flat in Earls Court. Eighteen months later they sold it for £172,000, making a cool £50,000 profit. From 1995 to 1999, the brothers began renovating flats and working their way up the capital’s burgeoning property ladder, enjoying the boom years under New Labour.Eventually Nick, who worked in advertising, and Christian, who worked in investment banking, were able to give up their day jobs and establish Candy & Candy in 1999.Christian (left), 43, has assets reportedly valued at £1.2billion and his firm owns properties worth £900million. Nick (right), 44, with similarly mind-boggling assets, owns a £1.1 million collection of watches. The Epsom-college educated Candy brothers, Nick and Christian, have risen to prominence in a near three-decade long assault on London’s luxury property marketBy 2004 they were developing the landmark One Hyde Park apartments in Knightsbridge, dubbed the ‘most expensive residential development ever built’. The complex comprises some 86 apartments set over four pavilions with views over Knightsbridge to the south and Hyde Park to the north.  Meanwhile the pair, who both landed glamorous wives while solidifying their property empire with ambitious projects at home and abroad, also faced some high-profile resistance to their seemingly unstoppable growth.Namely, heir to the throne Prince Charles who objected in 2010 to their Chelsea Barracks development. It was reported at the time that a quiet word from the prince to the Qatari Diar real estate firm boss over the design plans cost the Candys £81 million.An out of court settlement allowed both sides to save face and Christian’s own CPC Group – established in 2004 – issued an unreserved apology to both the Qatari royal family and Charles. In 2016 and 2017 they were involved in high-profile litigation in the High Court in London which put their reputations on the line. Former business associate Mark Holyoake claimed in the action that the brothers had used threats against him and his family to extort total repayments of £37m against a £12m loan.Mr Holyoake lost every claims and Nick won the eventual £132 million case and celebrated with his daughter Luka Violet Toni, three, and former pop star wife Holly Valance. On 29 September 2012, Nick wed the Australian actress-musician-TV presenter in Beverly Hills, California. Nick’s spending power was revealed when he told the court he paid US popstar Katy Perry £1.2million to perform at his wedding to Australian actress Holly Valance – but insisted he didn’t live a lavish lifestyle.  Christian Candy (right) owns separate flats worth £31million and £26.2million on the tenth floor while Nick (left), who is married to Holly Valance, also owns a penthouse in the blockRecently the pair’s business dealings appear to have gone sour, amid suggestions of a rift between Christian, married to the blue-blooded Lady Emily Crompton-Candy, and Holly.The pair are reported to have never seen eye to eye with both Christian and his wife allegedly trying to halt the marriage suggesting Holly had a ‘dubious’ background. In June, Nick changed the business name from Candy & Candy to Candy Property, putting the new firm entirely into his name. A source said: ‘Christian instigated discussions – he has wanted out for a long while and they haven’t worked together for some time.’ A spokesman for Nick said that he had been running the firm solo since 2011, and added: ‘The name change is designed to remove any confusion that there are still two parties involved.’ Christian, 43, has assets reportedly valued at £1.2billion and his firm owns properties worth £900million.Nick, 44, with similarly mind-boggling assets, owns a £1.1 million collection of watches.
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