London, Feb.11 : Ex-Beatles pop star Sir Paul McCartney and his estranged wife Heather Heather Mills arrived separately at court today for the start of their private hearing.
Heather turned up in a black Mercedes with blacked-out windows wearing a black top and skirt with a pink blouse and ankle boots. Sir Paul arrived a few minutes later looking smart in a pin-striped suit and black and white scarf round his neck, The Mirror reported.
He wished the hordes of journalists and photographers waiting outside the London High Court before entering the building.
The pair have been locked in acrimonious talks for months over how much of Sir Paul's estimated 809 million pound fortune Heather is entitled to after their four-year marriage. Judge Mr Justice Bennett will rule on a settlement figure after listening to legal arguments from both sides for about a week.
Mr Justice Bennett will preside over the five-day closed hearing in Court 34 of Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, London.
McCartney is being represented by a legal team led by Fiona Shackleton, a 51-year-old mum-of-two is a partner in the law firm Paine Hicks Beach. Heather on the other hand has dumped Mishcon de Reya after massive fall-out and will represent herself at hearing.
The 809 million in assets includes 400 million pounds from music rights, 138 million pound inheritance from first wife Linda, 100 million pounds in art investments, a 100 million pounds in other assets, 48.5 million pounds from albums and touring, the 8 million pound Peasmarsh estate in East Sussex, a 5 million pound Soho flat, a 3 million pound Beverly Hills mansion, a 3 million pound Arizona ranch, a 2 million pound house in Hove, a 1.5 million pound farm on Kintyre and a 500,000 pound Wirral home.
Custody of their daughter Beatrice will be dealt with by judge.
According to The Mirror, Heather could take an estimated 20 million pound lump sum as well as further installments of estimated 2.5 million pounds a year until Beatrice turns 18. Heather will be main carer, but Sir Paul will have equal visiting rights. Heather has also agreed not to live abroad for at least the next five years.
Macca as Sir Paul is affectionately referred to the world over, is expected to try to convince the judge that Mills should not get more than the 10 million pounds promised. Mills and her lawyers are seeking 80 million pounds of the ex-Beatle's 825-million-pound fortune,The Sun reports.
A source close to the couple said yesterday: "They have been trying to reach a settlement for months but they are still poles apart. She wants at least 80-million-pounds, if not over 100-million-pounds, while he wants to give her only 10-million-pounds. It is going to be extremely bitter, not least because they hate each other."
According to the tabloid, Mills demands include at least two homes - one here and another in the US - 24-hour security and two full-time nannies for their three-year-old daughter Bea. She also wants her and Bea's medical expenses paid for life, a personal trainer, household staff and a secretary. In addition she will argue for Sir Paul to pay for her entourage when she travels.
Mills is on record as saying that she could represent herself, unless she gets legal representation before today's private hearing. She is currently being sued by law firm Mishcon de Reya for about two-million-pounds in unpaid fees.
Macca's pals said he had "no problem" with agreeing to provide for Bea.
The friend said Sir Paul felt bitter about being "misled" by Heather about her past. He was said to have been horrified when it was revealed she was once a high-class hooker.
Earlier, Macca had snubbed Heather Mills's last-ditch attempt to clinch a divorce deal - by curtly telling her: "See you in court."
Panicky Heather bombarded Sir Paul, 65, with phone calls over the weekend to try to win a settlement ahead of today's divorce hearing in London. But a friend of Heather, 40, said: "She was in tears but he was extremely cool.
Despite Macca's frosty tone, Heather, 40, is said to still be hoping she can secure a last-minute deal today. She may even approach him with an offer on the steps of London's High Court.