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The ‘crisp, efficient, measured and expert’ Beatson, as she was described by a client, has been at Anthony Gold since 1996, focusing on financial remedy and children work. She heads the firm’s family department, looking after City professionals and international clients, many of whom are from Hong Kong or Italy.

A former football referee, Beatson was one of the first lawyers in the country to qualify as a mediator and spends a significant amount of time with dispute resolution cases — both mediation and collaborative law. Yet she doesn’t shy away from complex litigation. On one occasion she advised on a ten-year divorce litigation which she defines as ‘as unpleasant as it could be’, [there were] so many child hearings that the parties received an injunction preventing them from bringing Children Act proceedings again.

‘And yet I retained [my client],’ she says. ‘You normally probably blame your solicitor if the litigation has been so dreadful.’

Such experience has no doubt informed her championing of mediation. Another reason may be the cuts to legal aid on which she has been outspoken as both courts and clients become pressured when seeking litigation. That level of professional concern underlines her empathy with clients. ‘Kim was able to respond extremely quickly and entirely successfully to a very urgent application that had been listed at the shortest notice,’ said one. ‘Her unfailing determination to succeed on my behalf in this matter was maintained throughout the entire course of the proceedings.’

Kim Beatson