Fiona Shackleton, LVO (born Fiona S. Charkham May 26, 1956 in London), is an English solicitor, famous for representing members of the British Royal Family and celebrities, including Paul McCartney and Madonna, in their high-profile divorce cases.
Shackleton's charm and resoluteness, together with her blonde looks, have earned her the nickname Steel Magnolia.
She is the daughter of Jonathan Charkham, a businessman and Sheriff of London, and Moira Elizabeth Frances Salmon, daughter of Barnett Alfred and Molly Salmon. The Salmon family were the co-owners of the J. Lyons & Co. cornerhouse empire. Through the Salmons Shackleton is a cousin to Nigella and Dominic Lawson and George Monbiot. Shackleton was educated at Benenden School in Kent. She had ambitions to be a doctor, but was discouraged because she was thought not to be clever enough. Shackleton went to Exeter University and gained a modest third in law, making up for this on the partying scene. Shackleton then trained as a cordon bleu chef, and became an executive caterer for boardrooms before training to be a solicitor.