Maggie Rae, ‘the grande dame of divorce’, is a favourite among high-profile HNWs, perhaps because she favours ‘civilised remedies that keep people’s lives private’. Her modus operandi is to avoid court and go to mediation and arbitration if possible. ‘You see people come out, they haven’t spent a fortune and they’re talking to each other – it’s heartwarming,’ she says. She made her name at Mishcon de Reya (where she represented Princess Diana) before joining Clintons in 1999. Now at Newton Kearns, Rae is a leading authority in pensions on divorce. She chairs Refuge, which campaigns for victims of domestic violence, and has acted as adviser to the House of Commons’ social security select committee.