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A first-choice solicitor for high-flying CEOs, investment bankers, sports stars and entertainers, Catherine Bedford made her name by building Lee & Thompson’s family practice from the ground up, more than a decade ago. In a major move, she this year brought her entire team to Harbottle & Lewis, known for its privacy work with UK and international royalty.

Although versed in all areas of family law, Bedford’s particular specialism is around complex financial and children’s matters. She is experienced in exposing and defending trusts, and is also rare in her ability to assist fathers in obtaining sole residency orders in their favour.

Recognised as one of the top UK Family lawyers by Spear’s, Bedford has been particularly praised for her insight and her intellect. Having studied at both Oxford and McGill, Bedford is dual-qualified in British and Canadian law. Her motivation for the job is driven by her desire to help. ‘The way I look at it, someone will arrive in my office in a heap. They are in a terrible way and I want to help them. My job is to achieve the best outcome.’ One Wall Street veteran was highly impressed after Bedford took over from another ‘well-regarded’ firm that had ‘made a shambles’ of his partner’s case: ‘She was superlative on all counts — a quick and accurate study, insightful and tactically smart. I would recommend her most strongly.’

Catherine Bedford