About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Monday, 30 June 2008

Celebrity separations keep family law in the news

Two high profile separations, one definite and the other rumoured, have kept family lawyers in the headlines over the past week.

The definite split is that of Matt Lucas, star of Little Britain and Shooting Stars, from his civil partner of two years, Kevin McGee. This story is likely to be followed closely in the next few months as they are the first high profile civil partnership to split and observers are already speculating as to any settlement. It is thought that Matt Lucas has hired Mishcon de Reya. Most of the dailies have covered the story so here's a link to just one on The Independent website.

The other rumoured pending divorce is that of Madonna and the film director Guy Ritchie, of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame. This time is is rumoured that Fiona Shackleton, of Payne Hicks Beach, has been instructed by Madonna to reprise the role she performed for Sir Paul McCartney. The couple have been married since 2000 and first stab at the estimated wealth of Madonna is £300m. Quite surprisingly it is thought that no pre-marital agreement was signed. Again the story has been covered in all the nationals so this time here's a link to The Telegraph website.

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