Johnny Depp libel case – Ben Stowe on Times Radio discussing “difficult divorces”

Levison Meltzer Pigott’s Ben Stowe joined presenter Gloria de Piero on Friday on the newly launched Times Radio. Gloria’s show, billed as presenting “life stories, how to be happy, and a heated debate without the heat”, Ben joined tv presenter Beverley Turner, ex-wife of Olympic rower James Cracknell, to talk about divorce in light of the current high profile Depp and Heard litigation.

Although the case is not about a divorce but libel, discussion focused on “difficult divorces” and how divorcing couples can perhaps relate to “the bitterness and acrimony” of this feuding couple.

Beverley was the spokesperson for the amicable divorce, making clear that her experience divorcing James Cracknell did not bear any resemblance to the Depp/Heard example. She cited a “grown up” approach and “putting the children first” as the ideal whilst conceding that “going through a divorce does not bring out the best in anyone”.

Ben was able to call on his experience of “dealing with acrimonious divorces”. “All divorces are incredibly emotionally charged”, he began as Gloria asked what are the main causes of divorce. Ben shared his views on what he sees as the two processes impacting on any divorce – the psychological and the legal framework. Beverley joined in to agree that the change in the law to “no fault” divorce will help the psychological imbalances where one partner is more ready to divorce than the other. Gloria asked whether it is possible to have a process with both parties in agreement and Ben was happy to confirm that there is the odd case where it is much simpler but it is rare.

If you would like to listen to the full debate you can catch up online , by scrolling forward to 2.48

LMP – a top tier 2020 eprivateclient Top Family Law firm

Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) has been recognised as a “Top Family Law firm” by an extensive survey of legal practices in the UK by eprivateclient, a leading website and news service for private client practitioners. Now in its fifth year, the 2020 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms features 57 firms, this year, divided in to four tiers.

LMP is recognised as one of only 14 firms featured in Tier I. The tiers are based on size but also on reputation, quality of service and how the firm has fared in the past 12 months.

Although LMP has consistently appeared in these rankings for the past five years, we are delighted to be ranked in the first tier for the first time this year.

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