Wedlake Bell’s Charmaine Hast, who has a degree in psychology as well as in law, is a specialist in high profile cases, where privacy is paramount. ‘In a particularly high profile case, we pride ourselves on confidentiality during this stressful time – and even take the client out through a separate entrance to avoid the press,’ she says.
Hast established the firm’s family law department in 2011, and it has quickly become one of the capital’s most fêted. ‘More than a few billionaires have come by with very complex cases,’ she says.
Hast is one of a just a handful of family law arbitrators, allowing her to hand down binding judgments in financial matters.
And her favourite part of the job? ‘Winning,’ she says, beaming.