Davina Katz’s decision to leave Schillings and set up on her own in 2019 was big news in family law.
But when Spear’s catches up with her at GAIL’s Bakery behind the British Museum, she explains that it was a natural progression.
‘I joined Schillings a decade ago, and during that time we’ve built a leading family law practice from a standing start,’ she explains.
It occurred to Katz – who recently won the case of Thum v Thum in the Court of Appeal – that she was essentially running a business within a business. ‘I wanted to establish a law firm specialising solely in divorce, with an integrated offering that takes in not only expert legal advice, but also professional therapeutic support, assettracing and analysis,’ she recalls.
The parting of the ways wasn’t acrimonious: ‘We’re taking all 73 of our clients with us,’ she says, ‘and will continue to refer reputation work back.’That’s an impressive 100 per cent client retention rate.
‘We operate at the forefront of family law,’ adds Katz, ‘and I think that our dedication to pushing the boundaries for the benefit of our clients draws us apart from our competitors. Over recent years we have led a number of ground breaking cases, some of which have established current law. We look forward to going even further.’
Katz’s team has expanded since the firm opened its doors earlier this year, and its focus on complex, UHNW financial remedy cases is very much at the heart of its practice – now and in the future.