The reason I ask is my situation now means I will end up going down the court route which I thought would be avoided. My ex wants and is adamant on a 50/50 split and would be happy to spend £10k just for the hell of it.
If my solicitor is correct and can get me x / x then it's worth me going to court.
On a 50/50 split my ex would be laughing all the way to the bank and force me to sell my house.
My solicitor has an excellent reputation and I can't see him saying he can achieve something if he couldn't. But at the back of mind is the knowledge they all have to make a living and if representing my ex would he be saying the same thing.
I would only add that your solicitor only has your version of the case at this stage. If matters go to court and final hearing your ex will put forward their best argument and evidence. I'm sure your solicitor has made his/her judgement with objectivity but surely they do not have both sides of the case to predict such a certain outcome at this stage.
How much does the 10% that is disputed equate to in monetary terms?
Well if it's that clear cut then I can see why your solicitor has stated such a split can be achieved. What do you expect your legal costs to be if matters proceed to a final hearing? £70k may seem like it's worth going to court but remember to deduct each of your costs from the maritial pot. If you end up each spending £30k fully represented all the way to a FH think about how that may affect what is left for division. All I'm saying is don't let the costs snowball out of control if you go to court.