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Former model Heather Mills will receive a settlement of 25 million pounds ($A54.03 million)in her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney, London's Evening Standard newspaper said Friday.

The report comes ahead of a ruling due Monday at the High Court in London by judge Hugh Bennett, who was left to decide on the size of the settlement after the two sides failed to reach an amicable private agreement.

It had been reported that the divorce deal could be the most expensive in British legal history, with Mills claiming a share of up to 60 million pounds ($A129.67 million) of the ex-Beatles 825-million-pound ($A1.78 billion) fortune.

Mills, 40, married Sir Paul in 2002, and announced their separation four years later. They have a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice Milly.

Sir Paul, 65, was known to have tried during the divorce proceedings to stop Mills from revealing details of their marriage to the media, or selling her story to publishers.

The decision taken by Judge Bennett will be binding on both parties, but could be challenged at the Court of Appeal if one side is unhappy about it.

Update Tuesday March 18, 2008

Mills 'throws water over Macca's lawyer'

Heather Mills threw a glass of water over the coiffed hair of Sir Paul McCartney's lawyer after he was ordered to pay her just STG24.3 million ($A52.3 million) to settle their divorce.

British media reports said Mills emerged from court declaring she was happy with Monday's ruling, despite it being less than a fifth of what she'd demanded.

But The Sun newspaper reported that as the hearing came to an end, Mills calmly walked over to McCartney's lawyer Fiona Shackleton and soaked her.

Shackleton appeared outside court smiling but with wet hair.

Mills, 40, would not admit to pouring water on her estranged husband's lawyer, but she laughingly boasted that Shackleton, 51, has been "baptised in court," The Sun reported.

One witness told the paper that Mills had calmly carried out her act of revenge.

"Heather tipped the water over Fiona's head," the unnamed witness said.

"She didn't throw it. It was cool, calm and collected. It trickled down Fiona's neck."

In a statement as she left court, Mills launched a verbal attack on Shackleton's conduct during the acrimonious divorce proceedings.

"Fiona Shackleton has very sadly handled this case in the worst manner you can ever, ever imagine," Mills said.

"She has called me many, many many names before even meeting me when I was in a wheelchair," said the former model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after a motorcycle accident in 1993.

Media reports have said Mills was pushing for a STG125 million ($A271.1 million) settlement from the 65-year-old former Beatle's fortune, estimated at as much as STG825 million ($A1.8 billion).

The couple split two years ago after four years of marriage, and having a daughter, Beatrice.

McCartney met Mills in 1999, the year after the death from breast cancer of his first wife, Linda. That marriage was one of rock's most enduring unions, and produced three children including fashion designer Stella McCartney.

Mills and McCartney married at an Irish castle in June 2002, amid rumours the former Beatle's children disapproved of their new stepmother. Beatrice was born the following year.

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