Celebrity divorce lawyer made peer in Britain
The lawyer who handled the divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles and the bitter separation of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills was appointed to Britain's upper house of parliament on Friday.
Fiona Shackleton will take her place in the House of Lords, alongside Julian Fellowes, the creator of the Oscar-winning film "Gosford Park" and the hit period TV drama "Downton Abbey".
They were among 54 "working peers" created by the British government. The House of Lords has the power to review and amend legislation approved by the elected lower house, the House of Commons.
Shackleton will sit on the Conservative side of the house, representing the party of Prime Minister David Cameron.
It was because of her success as the lawyer for Prince Charles in his divorce proceedings against Princess Diana that McCartney is said to have chosen her to represent him.
The 17-million-pound settlement for Diana in 1996 was seen as a creditable result for Shackleton in her battle with Diana's high-profile lawyer.
Two years ago Shackleton famously emerged from a hearing in McCartney's acrimonious divorce from Mills with wet hair, amid allegations that the former model had thrown a jug of water at her as negotiations became fraught.
Mills was awarded 24.3 million pounds in the divorce settlement, but the sum was far lower than she had been expected to receive from the former Beatle.
© 2010 AFP