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Fiona Shackleton: ‘Divorce is either quick torture or slow torture’

Fiona Shackleton: ‘Divorce is either quick torture or slow torture’

The lawyer for royals and the ultra-rich on the pandemic boom in break-ups — and why she still believes in marriage. The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on many businesses, and for the cities where they operate. But for one ...
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The quest to free Dubai’s kidnapped Princess continues

The quest to free Dubai’s kidnapped Princess continues

The story of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is well-known. She is the daughter of the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who attempted to escape the UAE ...
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Dubai ruler’s ‘imprisoned’ daughter Princess Latifa remains in 'grave danger' as family begs UN to save her

Dubai ruler’s ‘imprisoned’ daughter Princess Latifa remains in ‘grave danger’ as family begs UN to save her

The United Nations is being urged to take "decisive action" to protect "imprisoned" Princess Latifa of Dubai who lawyers believe is in "grave danger" at the hands of her billionaire father. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum "ordered and orchestrated" ...
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Haya of Jordan, or the princess who managed to escape Dubai

Haya of Jordan, or the princess who managed to escape Dubai

Kidnapped princesses, flown millions, threats and private jets… the divorce of the Emir of Dubai has everything a bad thriller. plunged into the heart of a reality as frozen as it is golden. On March 5, 2020, the comely Minister ...
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Princess Haya and her latest divorce battle — over racehorses

Princess Haya and her latest divorce battle — over racehorses

The ownership of a string of thoroughbreds is being jealously contested by the ruler of Dubai and his estranged wife. Many divorcing couples fight over the custody of their children. Some argue over their pet chihuahuas. But caught up in ...
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The most feared divorce lawyer in Britain

The most feared divorce lawyer in Britain

Fiona Shackleton left Exeter University with a third-class degree, then began working as a cook. How did she become the most feared divorce lawyer in Britain? On 17 March 2008, in London’s High Court, Heather Mills poured a jug of ...
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Spectre of damning High Court judgment against Sheikh Mohammed hangs over Pinatubo and Newmarket

Spectre of damning High Court judgment against Sheikh Mohammed hangs over Pinatubo and Newmarket

Should favourite win 2,000 Guineas behind closed doors, the sport is spared dilemma of how to react towards owner after alleged abductions. If the odds-on favourite Pinatubo wins this weekend’s 2,000 Guineas, coronavirus protocols will save racing from an awkward ...
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Family court battles will be shown online

Family court battles will be shown online

Appeal hearings in high-profile divorce and childcare cases are to be streamed live online as part of a move by the government to make the process more transparent. Ministers have put a statutory instrument before MPs that would allow such ...
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Charles Geekie, QC, who acts for Princess Haya, the former wife of Sheikh Mohammed

Charles Geekie, QC, who acts for Princess Haya, the former wife of Sheikh Mohammed

Charles Geekie, QC, at 1GC Family Law chambers, acts for Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the former wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Following an unsuccessful appeal to the Supreme Court by Sheikh Mohammed, the High ...
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Not even Dubai’s princesses are safe from repression

Not even Dubai’s princesses are safe from repression

In a far cry from the usual dry legal ruling, the family division of Britain’s High Court upheld allegations about the abusive conduct of people acting for Dubai’s ruler. In doing so, it cast a spotlight on the United Arab ...
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London court ruling ‘step towards’ captured Dubai princesses’ freedom

London court ruling ‘step towards’ captured Dubai princesses’ freedom

Dubai princesses and sisters Sheikha Shamsa al-Maktoum and Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum have not been seen in public since their failed escapes from the palace. Fear is the true opposite of freedom, and two Dubai princesses were willing to ...
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Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum of Dubai: six wives, 30 children and a 14-year reign of control

Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum of Dubai: six wives, 30 children and a 14-year reign of control

Dubai’s ruler has been exposed in court as a tyrant who imprisoned his own daughters. For years, UK officials have resisted questioning his behaviour. In a hotel drawing room in west London last year, a stately Beiruti matriarch — dressed ...
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Sheikh’s daughter called UK police after kidnap, lawyer claims

Sheikh’s daughter called UK police after kidnap, lawyer claims

Revelation fuels calls for investigations into Cambridgeshire force and Foreign Office after high court bombshell. There are demands for independent inquiries into the roles of the Foreign Office and Cambridgeshire police after an investigation into the abduction of a princess ...
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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: Met urged to launch inquiry into Dubai’s ruler

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: Met urged to launch inquiry into Dubai’s ruler

Scotland Yard is being urged to open a criminal investigation into the billionaire ruler of Dubai after a court ruled last week that he had kidnapped two of his daughters. Lawyers for Princess Latifa, who was abducted by men working ...
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It’s a rancid sandpit run by a psycho with a taste for kidnapping. Welcome to Dubai!

Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum has only nine months left to realise his dream of making the United Arab Emirates “one of the best countries in the world by 2021”. He has a way to go. Right now it is 195th ...
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Britain’s lucrative ties with the Gulf states have been tested by court shocks

Britain’s lucrative ties with the Gulf states have been tested by court shocks

The accusations against Sheikh Mohammed make uncomfortable reading for many, including the Queen and the Foreign Office. For many decades the British royals have acted as one of the UK’s most potent instruments of “soft power” in promoting close relations ...
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Govt keeps mum after UK judge talks of ‘capture’ of Dubai princess by Indian commandos

Govt keeps mum after UK judge talks of ‘capture’ of Dubai princess by Indian commandos

Indian officials say London court ruling came in a 'family dispute' that does not involve international governments, defence ministry has 'no information'. The government has chosen to keep mum over a United Kingdom court saying that Indian forces helped in ...
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Queen shuns Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed who kidnapped daughters

Queen shuns Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed who kidnapped daughters

Royal call for diversity in Commonwealth message to ‘worldwide family’ of nations. The Queen is to distance herself from the billionaire ruler of Dubai after a court ruled that he had kidnapped two of his daughters, The Times has learnt ...
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Mary Robinson’s visit to Dubai mentioned in British court judgment

Mary Robinson’s visit to Dubai mentioned in British court judgment

Court found Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum ordered abduction of two of his daughters. The British court judgment that found the billionaire ruler of Dubai had ordered the abduction of two of his daughters, mentions the controversial visit former president Mary Robinson ...
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UAE: Free Dubai Ruler’s Captive Daughters

UAE: Free Dubai Ruler’s Captive Daughters

UK Court Concludes They Were Abducted, Forced Back to Dubai United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should secure the freedom of two daughters of the ruler of Dubai, who a United Kingdom court found are being confined against their will, Human ...
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Dubai ruler abducted and imprisoned his princess daughters, UK court rules

The billionaire ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, orchestrated the abductions, torture and imprisonment of two of his princess daughters, according to documents unsealed this week by a British judge. High Court Judge Andrew McFarlane's ruling was part ...
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Dubai's Runaway Princess Wins Her Case

Dubai’s Runaway Princess Wins Her Case

She testified that about a threat to whisk her away to a desert prison, and a loaded gun on the bed. But the possibility of an arranged marriage of her 11-year-old daughter to MBS was only "hearsay," said the judge ...
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Police to review kidnap of Dubai sheikh’s daughter

Police to review kidnap of Dubai sheikh’s daughter

A police investigation into the kidnap of a teenage Arab princess is being reviewed for the second time after a judge found that the abduction was orchestrated by the powerful ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum was accused ...
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Horseracing body urged to review sheikh’s status

Horseracing body urged to review sheikh’s status

The regulatory body of British horseracing has been urged to review whether it allows the ruler of Dubai to race his horses in the UK after a senior judge found that he kidnapped two of his daughters and left one ...
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Dubai Ruler Imprisoned His Daughters and Threatened One of His Wives, U.K. Court Rules

Dubai Ruler Imprisoned His Daughters and Threatened One of His Wives, U.K. Court Rules

Accusations against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai were validated in a child custody case. A court in Britain has found that Dubai’s ruler kidnapped and confined two grown daughters, then threatened one of his many wives when she ...
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