Paul McCartney and Heather Mills set for court battle

Couple fail to reach private agreement

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills are set to take their divorce to the open court next February, having failed to reach a private settlement.

Despite rumours that the two would reach a settlement of £60 million, a source said that the five day hearing has been scheduled with a fall back date later in 2008 if the February hearing fails to produce an agreement.

The stumbling block is believed to be Mills‘ refusal to accept a gagging order as part of the deal.

Her spokesman declined to comment and no one was immediately available to comment from the McCartney camp, reports Reuters.