As I understand it, the senior management roles are now performed by Georgina Barnett, who is head of membership, and Lorraine Donovan, who is head of operations, and manages the matchmakers. Ms Ambrose's evidence was that the agency currently employs 10 staff and 19 freelance consultants round the world.All of the full time staff worked on matchmaking, including Mr Thomas, when he was managing director..pass_color_to_child_links a.u-inline.u-margin-left--xs.u-margin-right--sm.u-padding-left--xs.u-padding-right--xs.u-relative.u-absolute.u-absolute--center.u-width--100.u-flex-inline.u-flex-align-self--center.u-flex-justify--between.u-serif-font-main--regular.js-wf-loaded .u-serif-font-main--regular.amp-page .u-serif-font-main--regular.u-border-radius--ellipse.u-hover-bg--black-transparent.web_page .u-hover-bg--black-transparent:hover.
It appears to have been for that reason that none of them gave evidence. The court heard a great deal about a number of men whose details, or 'profiles', were either supplied to Ms Burki or, on the agency's case, were available to be supplied to her as potential matches.
At the start of the trial Ms Lacob, for the agency, applied for an order under CPR 39.2(3)(c) for the trial to take place in private.
Mr Thomas therefore decided in about 2012 or 2013 to do background checks, for example by reference to the Land Registry.
All members had to give information about their work, and they had to be wealthy.
He dealt with people categorised on the database as 'hot': they were good looking, high profile people.
She said that none of the staff was being called as a witness, because they all started to work for the agency after May 2015, when Ms Burki disengaged with the matchmaking process. According to Ms Ambrose, the agency maintains a database of men and women who could be described as wealthy and/or successful.In the event, Ms Lacob was content to refer to them by their initials. She has three children from her previous marriages. It was important to her that her partner should lead a 'wealthy lifestyle', and that he should be 'open to travelling internationally'.On no view was there any need for the trial to take place in private. She lives in Lennox Gardens, between Chelsea and Knightsbridge. For that reason, it would also have been appealing to her that he should have 'multiple residences'. The way in which she expressed her criteria in her Re-Amended Particulars of Claim (RAPC, para.Ms Wilson must either have owned it outright or, if she needed a mortgage, she would have had a substantial income.It was unfortunate that Ms Wilson was not asked any questions about those assertions. Gertrude Stein quipped that whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop. Her other witnesses were Boriana Errante, a Bulgarian woman living in Geneva, who was an old friend from their youth; Lilia Severina, a woman who got in contact with Ms Burki after what she said was a bad experience with 70/30; Alexandra Wilson, another ex-member of the dating agency; and Emmet Colville, a young man who had worked for 70/30 as a 'matchmaking specialist' between 8 December 2014 and April 2015. The witnesses for 70/30 were Susie Ambrose, who founded, owns and is a director of the agency, and Craig Males, the agency's accountant.