Nigella hires high-powered lawyer - her cousin

By Laurie Bennett

July 16, 2013 at 9:11am

Fiona Shackleton is sort of the Gloria Allred of the U.K., a lawyer who finds herself in the middle of the country’s highest-profile breakups.

One difference: Shackleton is a member of the House of Lords.

Her latest big case is that of her cousin, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who is divorcing advertising millionaire Charles Saatchi.

The split followed publication of photos showing the couple arguing at a restaurant, with Saatchi’s hands around his wife’s neck.

Saatchi, who initially described the incident as a “playful tiff,” later announced that he was divorcing Lawson because she failed to publicly come to his defense.

Enter Shackleton, aka “Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia,” the “doyenne of divorce” and “Steel Magnolia,” for her charming tenacity.

Previous clients include Paul McCartney, Prince Charles and Madonna.

McCartney’s ex, Heather Mills, poured water over her head. Princess Diana sent flowers.

After Madonna hired her, a friend told the Guardian: “Madonna always seeks out the best in whatever field she is interested in at any given time. Fiona Shackleton is the best.”

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