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Head of Family London London Family
Catherine joined JMW in April 2019 to Head the Family team in London.
She is “…widely regarded as one of the top divorce lawyers in the country” (Sunday Times and Management Today). She is also described as "extremely intelligent and very calm”; "attract[ing] praise for her ‘formidable intellect and knowledge of the law. Her approach and advice is always right”; and "a clear-thinking and robust negotiator" (Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500).
Catherine deals with all aspects of private family law but her work focuses on high value and complex financial proceedings arising out of family breakdowns. She has particular expertise in international litigation, having secured the jurisdiction of preference for numerous clients all over the world. She also has a deep knowledge of complex financial arrangements including trust structures and corporate valuations. Catherine also advises on children disputes, including international relocation, and on a variety of agreements including prenuptial and postnuptial.
Having been a partner since the age of just 26, Catherine is an experienced strategist and leader on elite-level cases. In recent years, she has handled a number of the highest profile matrimonial cases to pass through the courts, including in the case of Al Baker v Al Baker, she secured a lump sum of £63 million for her client, which is believed to be the largest lump sum ever awarded against a spouse after a foreign divorce. Her international case Chai v Peng was widely reported in the press as being one of the largest divorce awards in English legal history, at £64million. Catherine also represented Michelle Young in her high-profile trial Young v Young, achieving what is thought to be the largest costs order ever made by the family courts
CityWealth has listed Catherine as a prominent figure in matrimonial law and records that: "She generates confidence and is very personable. Catherine is a brilliant strategist, efficient and dependable"
Catherine was included in Management Today’s prestigious “35 Women Under 35”, a list of the country’s highest-achieving young business women. She is also included in the Spear’s 500, a list of the leading advisors to high net worth private clients.
Her opinion and commentary is regularly sought by the leading national and international media outlets.
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