Law firm denies involvement in rumoured Madonna/Ritchie split

The London attorneys alleged to be representing Madonna's director husband Guy Ritchie in their rumoured divorce have denied having any involvement in the case.

The London attorneys alleged to be representing Madonna's director husband Guy Ritchie in their rumoured divorce have denied having any involvement in the case.

The superstar couple has been plagued by rumours of a split for months, and reports heated up when it was claimed the pair had begun to seek legal advice from top lawyers.

Ritchie was reported to have hired Mayfair law firm Forsters, which specialises in "high net worth" family law cases, to represent him.

A spokesperson for the company has dismissed the reports, stating: "We are not acting for Guy Ritchie in this matter."

And Ann Northover, head of Forsters' family division, has reinforced the fact, adding: "I can only say I have no involvement at this moment."

Madonna is rumoured to have met Fiona Shackleton, the attorney who represented Paul McCartney during his court battle with Heather Mills earlier this year.

Shackleton's employers, Payne Hicks Beach, is refusing to comment.

Ritchie's mother Lady Amber Leighton has been in contact with her filmmaker son and insists the couple have no intention to part ways.

The 62-year-old says: "It is absolute rubbish, worse than that. Guy will be furious at me talking to you, but I feel I can't just let these reports go unanswered as they make me so angry and they are hurtful intrusions into their private lives.

"They are no different to most other couples and we all know that being together can be hard sometimes and marriages are not always a bed of roses.

"But like other couples they work at keeping their relationship happy and fresh and they are a close and loving couple who have a family to bring up."

She adds: "Madonna is in New York at the moment finishing off a tour and he will join her there after the weekend. That is not a couple splitting up. I'll say it one more time, they are not getting divorced; the speculation is TT - that's total tosh (untrue)."

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