London Becoming World’s ‘Divorce Capital’

The London Evening Standard reported this week how the flood of super-rich residents from overseas are making London the “divorce capital of the world”, with multi-billion pound legal actions being brought by celebrities and eastern European oligarchs.

The paper said that a combination of the UK’s low tax regime for the rich and the highly-regarded nature of the family courts system has led to a surge in “divorce tourism,” with “star divorce lawyers” raking in massive fees from clients such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and record £48 million divorcee Beverley Charman.

Fiona Shackleton

Another big name divorce lawyer is Fiona Shackleton, who most know of for having a jug of water emptied over her head by Heather Mills when she was Sir Paul McCartney’s counsel in his divorce case – but who has also helped the divorces of luminaries such as the Duke and Duchess of York.

Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag acted for German heiress Katrin Radmacher when she sought a divorce in 2010, and she told the Standard that “England’s global reputation for giving generous payouts to wives has also made it an attractive jurisdiction in which to file for divorce.”

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