Shagger Gagger

As I think I've made clear previously, I don't give a damn about Cheryl and Ashley Cole. As far as I'm concerned, they are both over-paid and under-talented. I would not therefore mention them here again, but for the fact that there does appear to be a point of legal interest in this report in the Sunday Mirror today (yes, you read that correctly - a Mirror newspaper with a point of legal interest in it - in fact, the article is actually quite informative).

According to the report, the nation's sweetheart has instructed lawyer to the great and the good Helen Ward, who has written to Cashley, basically saying that she'll make no claim against him provided that he keeps his mouth shut. She does not want him to contact her at all for six months after the divorce, or to ever reveal anything about their relationship (which makes you wonder just what there is that he could reveal). The report quotes the ubiquitous Mark Stephens as saying that whilst it is "incredibly rare" for a party to demand that there be no contact between the couple after the divorce, it does occur "where there has been infidelity because one partner may be controlling or trying to get in touch to make amends". Of these possibilities, I suspect the latter with Cashley...

A point that I find amusing about the letter to Cashley, and something upon which the Mirror comments, is that it gives Cashley just seven days to reply. I came across this sort of nonsense many times in my career - such a short time for the other party to receive such a letter, take proper legal advice upon it and respond to it is, of course, quite ridiculous - but at least it impresses your client.


  1. woman on a raft26 April 2010 at 12:52

    Any chance of sending a letter to Cashley's solicitor begging him/her to get back quickly with a reciprocal omerta offer? I've had a cup of tea and I think that's long enough to ponder the relevant legal concepts, which are....

    ....keeping them both quiet on the subject of each other would be a great public service and I, for one, will contribute to a memorial plaque to the solicitors which make this stick.

  2. How long does a court expect to be given? 14 days? I had an offer from my ex with 12 hours and am worried that because I did not accept it in that time, they then withdrew it that I could lose costs in court because of that. I did try to accept it after 4 days, but they said it was too late by then. Don't you get 7 days to respond to divorce petition. Is it he who is the nations sweetheart? Not sure. The six months thing is appreciated. Go for it Ashley, we need you on form in South Africa (LB position) - As Wayne Bridge has pulled out because John Terry was shagging his girlfriend. Strewth no role models here.

  3. "a great public service" - agreed.

    I would think 14 days should be the minimum to respond to what looks like a complex set of proposals.


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