Peers looking at you kids

What a simply marvellous week it’s been for Payne Hicks Beach’s family law terror Fiona Shackleton.

First the imminent Royal nuptials. Given the royal track record, Shacka could be in line for another HRH-funded payday in a few years’ time.

And now she’s been rewarded for services to ageing pop stars, with a place on the Tories’ first peerage list since they came to semi-power (see story).

The future Baroness Shackleton will be joined in her ermine splendour by another of the litigation fraternity’s favourite sons – David ’Always Believe In Your Soul’ Gold.

The former Herbert Smith senior partner has recently taken on the thorny task of being BAE’s one-man ethical watchdog. It’s no small task – we hope those two evenings a year he’ll now have to spend in the upper house don’t get in the way.


In The Lawyer on Monday: The politics and power struggles in SJ Berwin; Yahoo’s legal head speaks out; and we ask Norton Rose what on earth it’s up to.