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Liam Gallagher hires celebrity divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton in Nicole Appleton dispute

Published 17/09/2015 | 08:35

Singer Liam Gallagher arrives with his legal team, including Fiona Shackleton (second right) at the Central Family Court in London where he his embroiled in a family court dispute with ex-wife Nicole Appleton. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Singer Liam Gallagher arrives with his legal team, including Fiona Shackleton (second right) at the Central Family Court in London where he his embroiled in a family court dispute with ex-wife Nicole Appleton. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Singer Liam Gallagher arrives with his legal team, including Fiona Shackleton (second right) at the Central Family Court in London where he his embroiled in a family court dispute with ex-wife Nicole Appleton. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Liam Gallagher and singer Nicole Appleton, as the rock star is embroiled in a family court dispute with his ex-wife Appleton
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (R) arrives at London's High Court, on March 17, 2008, with his legal representative Fiona Shackleton.
Singer Liam Gallagher arrives at the Central Family Court in London where he his embroiled in a family court dispute with ex-wife Nicole Appleton. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Liam Gallagher has hired celebrity divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton for his a family court dispute with Nicole Appleton.

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Shackleton is the go-to legal representative for Britain's elite, having famously represented Sir Paul McCartney during his 2008 divorce to Heather Mills and even more famously had a jug of water poured over her head by the ex-Mrs McCartney after the settlement was announced, according to sources.

Nigella Lawson also consulted her while divorcing Charles Saatchi in 2013 and Prince Charled hired her services when divorcing Princess Diana in 1996.

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Singer Liam Gallagher arrives with his legal team, including Fiona Shackleton (second right) at the Central Family Court in London where he his embroiled in a family court dispute with ex-wife Nicole Appleton. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Singer Liam Gallagher arrives with his legal team, including Fiona Shackleton (second right) at the Central Family Court in London where he his embroiled in a family court dispute with ex-wife Nicole Appleton. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Gallagher and Appleton split in 2013 after it emerged Mr Gallagher was expecting a child with an American journalist, Liza Ghorbani.

A judge will continue hearing evidence in the settlement case today.

Judge Martin O'Dwyer is analysing the case at a private hearing in the Central Family Court in London.

Gallagher, 42, who was a member of the band Oasis, and Appleton, 40, a singer with the group All Saints, made no comment when they arrived and left court today.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (R) arrives at London's High Court, on March 17, 2008, with his legal representative Fiona Shackleton.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (R) arrives at London's High Court, on March 17, 2008, with his legal representative Fiona Shackleton.

Another, more senior, judge has placed limits on what can be reported about the litigation.

On Tuesday Mr Justice Mostyn analysed reporting issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

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The judge said, for the moment, the public could be told that the pair were involved in a dispute over money but little more.

Liam Gallagher and singer Nicole Appleton, as the rock star is embroiled in a family court dispute with his ex-wife Appleton
Liam Gallagher and singer Nicole Appleton, as the rock star is embroiled in a family court dispute with his ex-wife Appleton

He is due to make a ruling on what other detail can be disclosed following another High Court hearing in the near future.

Another judge had drawn the couple's six-year marriage to a close more than a year ago.

District Judge Anne Aitken granted the couple a decree nisi at a family court hearing in London in April 2014.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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