His sculptures have been unveiled by Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, while his most famous creation – the 6.5 ton bull in Birmingham Mall – has become Britain's third most photographed icon, only from the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
Suddenly, at the age of 85, Laurence Broderick's talents are threatened with being overshadowed by a High Court arson suit initiated by his eldest son Graeham, who claims his parents owe him up to £ 5 million plus interest and Legal costs costs.
Laurence Broderick with his otter sculptures on the Isle of Ornsay
Neither father nor son will comment on the case. Documents submitted to the High Court by 54-year-old Graeham reveal a family in which artistic and commercial success was first overshadowed and then undermined by tragedy.
Graeham's claim is that his father became a full-time sculptor in 1981, aided by his wife, Ingrid.
A decade later, Ingrid also had to take care of her youngest son – Ollie – "whose health was deteriorating".
This caused Graeham to quit his job to help and he became “heavily involved in marketing. . . and promote the business ”as well as“ finishing ”his father's sculptures, smoothing and polishing them before selling them.
Business flourished with Graeham and his parents as "equal partners" who shared profits.
The family partnership "worked for years without any difficulties" – until Ingrid was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in May 2018.
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Graeham claims his parents owe him up to £ 5 million plus interest and legal fees
Following that diagnosis, Graeham claims, his father changed the locks on the partnership's offices in Sandy, Bedfordshire, "locked him" on the commercial bank account and "stopped communicating with him".
The following January, Ollie died at the age of 46. Family relationships continued to decline, and Laurence sent Graeham a letter informing him that the partnership had ended.
And now the alleged breach may be under investigation in the High Court, with Graeham trying to ensure that "the partnership's property and assets" are "evenly distributed". Take the bull by the horns, so to speak.
Comedian John Sessions this week proved remarkably foresighted about the manner of his own death from a heart attack.
"Right now I'm desperately unfit," he said thirty years ago.
“I have to take myself into my own hands. At the age of 37, I have to get real – before I drop dead from a heart attack.
"I'm a stupid guy and I don't really care about myself. I don't eat right and I don't smoke right… That is not to smoke.
I wonder what West's wife wishes she really did …
Dominic West's wife Catherine looks like she doesn't care about the world and smiles as she picks hydrangeas at her home in Ireland.
That's likely because it was taped before her husband got into an intimate hug with actress Lily James in Rome.
The picture was posted on Glin Castle's Instagram account yesterday and is a reminder of happier times.
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Dominic West's wife Catherine looks like she doesn't care about the world
Dominic West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald
Lily James and Dominic West in Rome
Although Catherine posed in front of her other Cotswolds home and stated that their ten-year marriage was stronger than ever, Catherine is said to have been humiliated.
Last week, 51-year-old Old Etonian West confirmed his wife, with whom he has four children, had left but stated, “She is on a work trip. She went alone. & # 39;
When asked if they were still together, he laughed: “Of course we are. Our relationship is fine. & # 39;
Glin Castle has 14 rooms, so it's big enough for the couple to be romantically far away. It also has a hot tub which I gather that the water has been decidedly cool lately.
Lockdown means Dame Judi Dench won't see her barber, Jamie Dodkins, who has been cutting her locks for more than 30 years.
"Jamie comes to Judis most weeks," reveals a close friend.
"She loves his visits because he not only cuts and blow-dries her hair, but they also have a good time."
Instead, she has to be content with the other man in her life, her longtime companion, David Mills.
He won't be sad about Jamie's absence – he prefers Judi's hair longer.
Lady Amelia paints the Urban green!
The Duke of Kent's 25-year-old granddaughter Lady Amelia Windsor, 25, was more interested in showing off in a sustainable outfit than she was with a sustainable meal yesterday.
The aspiring designer has an extensive wardrobe filled with recycled clothing and wore a corset made from upcycled fabrics.
Lady Amelia Windsor in a restaurant before the second lockdowwn
"Last restaurant visit for a while," she complained on Instagram. "So I got dressed for my date."
Her dinner companion was Sister Lady Marina, with whom she shares an apartment in Notting Hill.
Club King Robin Birley has voiced his anger at Boris Johnson over the new ban.
He has accused the Conservatives of "relentlessly attacking free enterprise in this country".
Regarding his fashionable Mayfair nightclub at 5 Hertford Street, he tells members, “When I took this building on it, it was a complete wreck and I refuse to have the government restore it to the way it was .
"Thank you for all of your support … Once this crisis is over, we will look back in total disbelief at how crazy the world has got."
Crown stars Outfit doesn't fit for a princess
Emma Corrin, who will portray Princess Diana in The Crown's upcoming series, would never have been mistaken for the stylish princess as she strolled north London this week.
Her vintage sweater and denim flares paired with socks and sandals were clearly unregulated.
The 24-year-old actress, who was barely two when Diana died in 1997, says, “It's nice to come back to people you really know.
It helps offset some of the silliness that comes with this job. & # 39;
It's a shame Diana didn't have the same friendships that she could fall back on.
Well-heeled Chelsea residents may want to stay away from their neighbor, Victoria & Albert Museum chairman Nicholas Coleridge, who railed against their mega-basements.
After the collapse of a £ 8.5 million mansion this week, he says, “Are these terrible underground mega-basements, with their barely-used media rooms, panic rooms, Pilates studios and tiny windowless bedrooms, necessary for Filipino maids? I doubt that.
I met a boy who lived in the next house and said he felt the whole building shudder and crash into the hole.
He said to me, "We had to evacuate in the middle of the night and spend the night in Clapham." & # 39; Oh humanity!