Christine McGuinness allegedly engaged a ‘pitbull’ divorce lawyer after her split from Paddy McGuinness.
Catherine Bedford, a lawyer, previously represented makeup artist Lisa Armstrong, who allegedly received £31 million in her divorce from broadcaster Ant McPartlin, and is now representing actor Sophie Turner in her divorce from musician Joe Jonas.
The senior partner of London legal firm Harbottle and Lewis, who has been referred to as a ‘pitbull’ by the media, is expected to represent model Christine, 35, tomorrow.
‘Christine really wanted to work with a woman during her divorce and Catherine is one of the best in the business,’ a source told The Sun.
Christine, a former Real Housewives of Cheshire star, is said to be keen to stay in her £4 million six-bedroom Cheshire property, which includes a swimming pool, that she shares with the comedian.
The source added that she has spent years putting ‘hours of love, care and attention’ into her home: ‘It would be heartbreaking to have to leave the property after all this time and uproot her life.’
‘It’s already difficult enough to navigate a divorce without the stress of selling the property,’ it continued.
On her firm’s website Bedford’s bio includes: ‘Depending on each client’s needs, Catherine’s approach is tailor made – whether that be successful negotiating outside of the court process or tough litigating within it.
‘Her work frequently involves high net worth individuals, ranging from high-flying CEOs and investment bankers, to sports stars and entertainers.
‘Catherine specialises in complex financial matters, frequently advising her clients with regard to assets and trust structures, including locating hidden assets.’
Paddy, 50, and Christine, who met at a fashion show in 2007, announced their split after 11 years of marriage in 2022. In a joint statement, they said: ‘We’ll always be a loving family, we still have a great relationship and still live happily in our family home together.’
They have three children, twins Penelope and Leo, ten, and Felicity, seven, who they previously said were uninformed of their separation.
The former couple may have split up, but they are candid about their dating life since they ‘speak an awful lot’.
Former A Question of Sport anchor Paddy recently published a mysterious couples post, sparking speculation about a new relationship. Christine travelled to Amsterdam with Chelcee Grimes and published photos on Instagram. Christine placed her hand on Chelcee’s leg in one photograph, while the singer stuck her tongue out.