Star lawyer Fiona Shackleton’s firm faces legal action from the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch who she helped to win £453 million for in her divorce settlement

  • Tatiana Soroka was awarded Britain’s biggest ever divorce settlement in 2016
  • But Ms Soroka now issued claim against Baroness Shackleton’s law firm

When she won Britain’s biggest ever divorce settlement, it was celebrations all round for Tatiana Soroka and her legal team.

In 2016 the glamorous ex-wife of a Russian oligarch had secured an astounding £453million sum with the help of her formidable lawyer Fiona Shackleton, nicknamed ‘Steel Magnolia’ for her pursuit of her high-profile clients’ interests.

But it seems any goodwill may have soured between Miss Soroka and Baroness Shackleton, despite the settlement breaking the then UK record.

Because the law firm that Baroness Shackleton is a partner in, Payne Hicks Beach, now faces a potential legal action by the former oligarch’s wife.

Miss Soroka has issued a claim via PCB Byrne lawyers against Payne Hicks Beach, although the nature of it is not known.

In 2016 the glamorous ex-wife of a Russian oligarch had secured an astounding £453million sum with the help of her formidable lawyer Fiona Shackleton (pictured), nicknamed ‘Steel Magnolia’ for her pursuit of her high-profile clients’ interests

Miss Soroka (right, then known as Tatiana Akhmedova) has issued a claim via PCB Byrne lawyers against Payne Hicks Beach, although it is not known if it relates to the divorce settlement itself or other matters the firm may have handled

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Despite the settlement, Miss Soroka, 51, a naturalised Briton, had to pursue her billionaire ex-husband – oil and gas tycoon Farkhad Akhmedov – through courts worldwide in a bid to force him to pay the money.

There was also an attempt to seize the 68-year-old’s superyacht, MV Luna.

The dispute grew so vicious that Miss Soroka even sued her son Temur over claims that he had helped his father to hide assets, prompting a judge to describe the Akhmedov family as ‘one of the unhappiest ever to have appeared in my courtroom’.

Mr Akhmedov and Miss Soroka privately agreed a £150million deal two years ago, under which she would receive £100million cash and art valued at £50million.

PCB Byrne says on its website that it specialises in complex commercial disputes. The HM Courts and Tribunals public search website shows that the case of ‘Soroka v Payne Hicks Beach’ was filed on August 21 and that its status is ‘open’.

Miss Soroka’s lawyers have up to four months from the date the claim was filed to serve it on Payne Hicks Beach, which has not yet had the opportunity to respond.

Payne Hicks Beach describes itself as the ‘best solicitors in London’ and Baroness Shackleton represented Prince Charles and Sir Paul McCartney in their divorces.

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