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Fiona Shackleton's Biography

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Fiona Shackleton was born on 26 May 1956. Her father is the former Bank of England adviser and Sheriff of the City of London, Jonathan Charkham, who once appeared in a Labour Party political broadcast. Her brothers are a barrister and a clergyman.

Fiona Shackleton was educated at Benenden and at Exeter University, where she gained a third in law.

Although she qualified in law in 1980, Fiona Shackleton had a stint as a cordon bleu chef, before following a career in law which incorporated stints at Brecher & Co, Farrer & Co and then Payne Hicks Beach, where she is a Partner in the Family Law Department.

Fiona Shackleton's has had several famous clients and cases, including representing the Prince of Wales in his divorce proceedings against Princess Diana, Sir Paul McCartney in his acrimonious divorce from Heather Mills, and Madonna in her divorce from Guy Ritchie. She is also the solicitor for Prince William and Prince Harry.

Fiona Shackleton has the nickname Steel Magnolia. In Vogue in 2000, she revealed she had 36 suits, 24 dresses and 85 scarves.

In 2005 Fiona Shackleton was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year Honours.

Her husband Ian Shackleton is a financial consultant, who is descended from the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

She is the co-author of The Divorce Handbook. As well as cooking, Fiona Shackleton enjoys calligraphy, opera and bridge.

In May 2009, The Mail reported that Katie Price, who was breaking up with Peter Andre, had spent "two hours at the office of Fiona Shackleton."

In August 2009, Fiona Shackleton represented Faye Eichelberger who gained a £12 million settlement in her acrimonious divorce from John Cleese.

In November 2010, Fiona Shackleton was made a Tory peer.


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