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Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears makes changes to legal team ahead of conservatorship hearing

Britney Spears‘ father Jamie Spears has made changes to his legal team in the wake of his suspension from the pop star’s conservatorship.

Jamie, 69, was suspended in September from the head of the longtime conservatorship, which was implemented 13 years ago amid a pileup of personal problems for the pop star.

Jamie has hired Alex Weingarten of the firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher to move forward in the case, as the litigator is experienced in business and entertainment areas of the law, Variety reported, citing court docs in the case.

The latest: Britney Spears ‘ father Jamie Spears has made changes to his legal team in the wake of his suspension from the pop star’s conservatorship. He was snapped in 2012 in LA  

The conservatorship currently remains intact, but could be terminated in a hearing slated for November 12.

Jamie’s previous lawyer Vivian L. Thoreen of the firm Holland & Knight LLP told Variety in a statement Thursday that her firm had parted ways with Jamie.

‘We are proud of our work on behalf of Jamie Spears and stand by his and our actions,’ Thoreen said in a statement. ‘We continue to have a good relationship, and are pleased that we have been able to help Jamie find new counsel.

‘I am confident that Jamie’s new counsel will continue to prove that he has always acted in Britney’s best interests every step of the way.’ 

Free Britney: In June, Spears gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court where she pleaded with Judge Brenda Penny for freedom by ending the 13-year conservatorship she's been under where her father, Jamie, has held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals; seen in 2018

Free Britney: In June, Spears gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court where she pleaded with Judge Brenda Penny for freedom by ending the 13-year conservatorship she’s been under where her father, Jamie, has held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals; seen in 2018

Legal: A source close to the conservatorship court case said Britney's lawyer Mathew Rosengart will soon be requesting subpoenas and interviewing Jamie Spears and Robin Greenhill under oath; seen on September 29

Legal: A source close to the conservatorship court case said Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart will soon be requesting subpoenas and interviewing Jamie Spears and Robin Greenhill under oath; seen on September 29 

Spears gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court earlier this summer. She was snapped in July of 2019

Spears gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court earlier this summer. She was snapped in July of 2019 

A source close to the situation told Page Six on Wednesday that Holland & Knight no longer wishes to work with him over concerns that the pop star’s ‘attorney will sue when the guardianship is terminated.

‘Litigator Mathew Rosengart has asserted numerous times that he is going to investigate and sue Jamie,’ a source told the outlet. ‘If/when he does, Jamie will need to defend and likely be adverse to parties in the conservatorship.’  

A source close to the conservatorship court case said Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart will soon be requesting subpoenas and interviewing Jamie Spears and Robin Greenhill under oath.

The attorney plans to grill them about alleged ‘financial mismanagement and dissipation of funds’ and ‘the monitoring and recording of her phone and placing a listening device under her bed,’ the source said.  

Thoreen reportedly told her client he’ll ‘need a different litigator and that she and H&K weren’t interested in that role,’ at which point he then allegedly ‘authorized’ Thoreen to ‘help him find a strong litigator.’  

Documents obtained by NBC showed that Weingarten, a partner in the litigation department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher accepted the new role. 

‘Jamie is pleased with the work done by H&K,’ a source told Page Six. ‘He and Vivian remain in close touch during the transition.’ 

Another source said that a ‘suspended conservator’ – which is what Jamie is – ‘puts all [H&K’s] fees even more at stake.’ 

‘They don’t want to fund this anymore because when you represent a suspended conservator it makes it much more likely that fees you’ve already obtained could be disgorged and future fees may not be paid from the estate, but rather would have to be paid from Jamie,’ the source told the outlet. 

In the past: One of Britney's wishes was granted last month when Jamie was suspended from the conservatorship, considered a huge legal win for the popstar in her quest for freedom; seen in 2017

In the past: One of Britney’s wishes was granted last month when Jamie was suspended from the conservatorship, considered a huge legal win for the popstar in her quest for freedom; seen in 2017

‘When Britney’s lawyer did not file to terminate after multiple hearings at which Britney pleaded with the court to terminate the conservatorship, it was her father Jamie who stepped up and filed to terminate in support his daughter’s wishes,’ the insider claimed. 

In June, Spears gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court where she pleaded with Judge Brenda Penny for freedom by ending the 13-year conservatorship she’s been under where her father, Jamie, has held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals. 

In the shocking testimony, Britney admitted: ‘I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy. It’s a lie. I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. Fake it ’til you make it, but now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m depressed. I cry every day.’ 

Spears said she did not feel she ‘was heard on any level’ the last time she was able to speak to the court in 2019.

‘I want changes and I want changes going forward,’ she said. ‘I deserve changes. I was told I have to sit down and be evaluated, again, if I want to end the conservatorship. Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it.

‘This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life, I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break.’ 

And one of Britney’s wishes was granted September 29 when Jamie was suspended from the conservatorship by Judge Penny, which was considered a huge legal win for the pop star in her quest for freedom. 

Congrats! Longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari proposed to Britney earlier this month with a sparkling $70,000 engagement ring engraved with 'lioness'

Congrats! Longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari proposed to Britney earlier this month with a sparkling $70,000 engagement ring engraved with ‘lioness’ 


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