Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his wife, Princess Haya to divorce.
The reoccurring themes when it comes to divorce and separation are, ‘what happens to the children’ and ‘how much is this going to cost me’?
One ongoing divorce case which, on the surface would not be ideally suited to mediation (although if they wish to try it, we are more than willing to take on the case) is the divorce of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and his estranged wife Princess Haya.
With a personal fortune in excess of £30 billion, numerous global corporations, houses and palaces spread throughout the world and an annual income so large that we doubt he even knows how much it is, resolving the financial aspects alone would be astronomical.
Luckily, the royal couple are going to court purely to deal with what will happen to their children. The Sheikh currently has six wives and thirty children but fortunately, this court case will only involve one wife, Princess Haya and their children, 11-year-old Sheikha Jalila and 7-year-old Sheikh Zayed.
They have both engaged the two top family lawyers in London to represent them, the Sheikh is represented by Lady Helen Ward QC (who was tasked with protecting Bernie Ecclestone’s £2bn fortune in 2009) and his wife by specialist divorce lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton QC (who represented Sir Paul McCartney, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew in their divorces).
However this divorce ends, one thing is for certain, the costs will very easily overshadow what we charge for mediation.