Benjamin Stowe – on BBC 5 Live – Divorce ‘D’ Day debate

LMP’s Benjamin Stowe joined Geoff Lloyd, stepping in for Stephen Nolan, on BBC 5 Live on Saturday night, along with broadcaster and divorcee Rachel Royce and “Divorce Coach” Sarah Davison to discuss Divorce ‘D’ Day and the prospect of Family Solicitors coming in to work Monday morning to “phones in meltdown”.

There is a lot of media focus on whether there is indeed a huge rush of divorce applications following the festive period and so Ben started off the discussion with a touch of reality, confirming “Yes, it’s a busy period but, to be honest,  it is always a busy time”.  Ben continued to stress that the relationship breakdown process is complicated and so “to drill down to a divorce ‘D’ Day does not do it justice.” Whilst conceding that spending time together over Christmas can “focus the mind” for already unhappy couples, Ben added light-heartedly that an overcooked turkey being the final straw was highly unlikely.

Jeremy Levison – the inspiration for Telegraph Clive’s divorce lawyer?

Regular readers of The Telegraph can enjoy the comic satire of all things “city” through the eyes of Alex, the daily cartoon strip. Sharp-eyed observers, however, may have noticed, in recent issues, the introduction of the exploitative and cynical caricature of Clive’s divorce lawyer and his firm PML Family Solicitors and remarked what a striking similarity (visually only!) that this new character has to LMP’s own founding partner, Jeremy Levison.

Jeremy has indeed been the legal inspiration behind this latest irreverent creation and the LMP partner got to spend a very pleasant afternoon with creators Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor to go through divorce-themed storylines. You’ve got to laugh!