Media boutique M Law has won Heather Mills-McCartney as a new client, advising her on the three libel actions that are running alongside the former model’s bitter divorce proceedings from Sir Paul McCartney.
The firm was instructed two weeks ago on claims against The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard and The Sun. Last month, Mills-McCartney split from her previous legal adviser, Mishcon de Reya.
Mishcons partner Anthony Julius had been leading the firm’s teams on both the matrimonial and libel cases. Mishcons is understood to have billed significant fees for the matrimonial case while all three libel matters were being handled under conditional fee arrangements (CFA). Mishcons declined to comment.
Mills-McCartney was believed to have been unhappy that despite her weighty legal bill, Mishcons had so far failed to reach a settlement with McCartney and his legal team. Sir Paul McCartney is being advised by Payne Hicks Beach partner Fiona Shackleton.
M Law partner Matt Higdon, who is advising Mills-McCartney along with partner Chris Hutchings, confirmed his firm was acting on all three libel claims. “They are very strong and we will be pursuing them,” he added.
Mills-McCartney is believed to be now representing herself on her divorce proceedings from the former Beatle.