Fiona Shackleton is regarded as one of the best family lawyers of her generation, but one peer is prepared to go further, calling her ‘one of the leading family lawyers of all time’. Indeed she has become a celebrity in her own right, as well as representing the famous. But for all the glitz that accompanies the ‘Steel Magnolia’, as she has become known, her reputation hinges on technical skill and imagination. She ‘has outstanding judgement and flair and cuts to the chase’, says one observer. In 2010, she was created a life peer, but her House of Lords career has not diminished her profile as a practitioner of the highest calibre. Her client list has included Prince Charles, Sir Paul McCartney and Madonna.