HAVING the world’s most high-profile woman as a client would seem to be a dream come true for any law practice.
Not so for the Mishcon de Reya, the firm of solicitors that dealt with Princess Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles.
Managing partner Kevin Gold has spoken for the first time of the “unreasonable” and “unfair” way his firm – long associated with Diana after she chose Anthony Julius and Sandra Davis as her divorce lawyers – was thrust into the limelight.
When news of her death in 1997 broke the company received a barrage of donations from the general public.
“We didn’t know what to do with it, so we had to very quickly set up a charity and it was rushed,” says Gold.
However, when it emerged that the firm had begun charging the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund for its legal advice, the public outcry was deafening.
“The point of the matter is that the total resource centre of the firm was almost being crippled just by the physical amount of money coming in and letters to be answered,” says Gold.
Source : The Daily Express