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What it's really like to be chastised by Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone once threatened to sue The Telegraph over an article written by the author Credit: Getty Images/Mark Thompson

I still have the legal letter somewhere. A friendly little missive from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, addressed to The Editor of The Daily Telegraph threatening to sue the paper unless we changed the headline of an article I had written about a High Court case Bernie Ecclestone was involved in.

The story concerned a former legal adviser to the Ecclestone family trust, Stephen Mullens, who had experienced a “horrific” robbery at his home while representing Ecclestone’s wife Slavica in the couple’s (billion dollar-plus) divorce proceedings. Mullens and his wife and children had been so shaken by the experience they had considered leaving the country altogether.

Having just fallen out rather badly with Ecclestone, on account of his taking Slavica’s side in the divorce, Mullens confessed that the thought that F1’s pint-size ringmaster might have “orchestrated” the robbery had briefly “crossed...

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