Scottish Daily Mail

Crys­tal balls at dawn!

Ri­val psy­chics – who claim they can help you reach heav­enly crea­tures – in court over right to teach ‘Ar­changel Alchemy’

- By In­derdeep Bains

WHEN psy­chic Claire Stone in­voked the power of an­gels to help her busi­ness, it didn’t need a crys­tal ball to see what would hap­pen next.

And sure enough, an­other spir­i­tual seer took a rather dim view of Miss Stone’s ef­forts to trade­mark her heav­enly help un­der the name Ar­changel Alchemy.

Now seer to the fa­mous Miss Stone, 38, has claimed in the High Court that Alexandra Wen­man has in­fringed her busi­ness ti­tle by us­ing it for her cour­ses.

But Miss Wen­man – who de­scribes her­self as ‘the go-to voice for the cos­mi­cally cu­ri­ous’ – ar­gues the trade­mark is in­valid as the phrase is part of the com­mon lan­guage in the psy­chic field.

She ac­cuses Miss Stone – who appeared on ITV’s The Real Housewives of Cheshire – of feign­ing a link with her cour­ses in or­der to ben­e­fit from her rep­u­ta­tion as a long-stand­ing ‘Ar­changel Al­chemist’.

In a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing ahead of a trial at the High Court in Lon­don, Judge Richard Ha­con said the face-off would come down to ‘who got there first’.

Ac­cord­ing to court fil­ings, Miss Stone is a ‘well-known spir­i­tual au­thor and holis­tic ther­a­pist’ who wrote best-seller The Fe­male Ar­changels. She claims she was born able to see and hear spir­its. Miss Stone has given read­ings for celeb--

‘Born to hear spir­its’

ri­ties in­clud­ing Dani Dyer and Coro­na­tion Street’s Faye Brookes.

Her bar­ris­ter, Char­lotte Blythe, says she be­gan of­fer­ing her online ‘meta­phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion’ course un­der the brand Ar­changel Alchemy in July.

It aims to ‘de­velop a con­nec­tion to each in­di­vid­ual’s guardian an­gel’.

Miss Stone, of St He­lens, Mersey­side, reg­is­tered the trade­mark in Oc­to­ber.

But soon after­wards Miss Wen­man be­gan mar­ket­ing and of­fer­ing her own ‘Ar­changel Alchemy’ course online, ac­cord­ing to Miss Blythe. She said Miss Wen­man pro­vides an iden­ti­cal service un­der the same name.

‘Be­cause of such iden­tity and sim­i­lar­ity, there ex­ists a like­li­hood of con­fu­sion on the part of the pub­lic,’ court doc­u­ments say.

‘The aver­age con­sumer is likely to be con­fused into be­liev­ing that Miss Wen­man’s course is a course of­fered by Miss Stone, or al­ter­na­tively that there is an eco­nomic or com­mer­cial l i nk be­tween the re­spec­tive cour­ses.’ Miss Stone is ask­ing for the court to stop Miss Wen­man from trad­ing un­der the brand and wants dam­ages. But Miss Wen­man – a former magazine jour­nal­ist from Lon­don – de­nies do­ing any­thing wrong. Her bar­ris­ter Chris Hall claimed she had de­scribed her­self as an ‘Ar­changel Al­chemist’ for years and it was Miss Stone who was cap­i­tal­is­ing on her rep­u­ta­tion. He said: ‘Miss Stone has only re­cently be­gun trad­ing un­der this name, but Miss Wen­man has been trad­ing un­der this name for ten years. It rep­re­sents a hugely sig­nif­i­cant part of her ca­reer.’

He added she has of­fered spir­i­tual train­ing since 2010 un­der ‘Ar­changel Alchemy’ or ‘The Ar­changel Al­chemist’. She has also writ­ten ar­ti­cles with the phrase and hosted work­shops us­ing it.

In 2018, Miss Wen­man hired a brand con­sul­tant to help get ex­po­sure for her work and in 2019 found an agent to help pub­lish a book called Ar­changel Alchemy.

Mr Hall said the cour­ses she has been run­ning un­der the brand were sim­ply a con­tin­u­a­tion of what she had been do­ing. He claimed Miss Stone’s trade­mark was ‘in­valid’ and it is her course which should be stopped un­der the Ar­changel Alchemy name as she has passed her­self off as be­ing linked to Miss Wen­man.

He added: ‘Miss Wen­man has sus­tained loss and dam­age.’

The case reached court for a brief pre-trial hear­ing last week and will re­turn at a later date.

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 ??  ?? Law and aura: Alexandra Wen­man, left, is in a court bat­tle with Claire Stone. Right: Miss Stone’s book
Law and aura: Alexandra Wen­man, left, is in a court bat­tle with Claire Stone. Right: Miss Stone’s book

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