Mary, who joined Rayden Solicitors in 2022, is a highly respected family lawyer with over 25 years’ experience and has been a prominent member of the Birmingham legal scene throughout her career, having also previously been President of the Birmingham Law Society. Mary is also a member of The Law Society Children Panel.
This is a very important appointment, and testament to Mary’s reputation in the West Midlands, having previously been a Council member representing the constituency for 8 years. Council members play an important role in helping The Law Society support, protect, and promote solicitors, the rule of law and justice in England and Wales. The role of the Council member is to represent the views of their constituents as The Law Society sets its priorities for the profession.
Mary will be one of 50 members of The Law Society representing 41 geographical constituencies.
Senior Partner Katherine Rayden says, “The Partners and I have great pleasure in announcing Mary’s appointment by The Law Society, and we are absolutely delighted that this opportunity has arisen for Mary to resume her Council role and continue to play a hugely important role in the success of the legal community in the Birmingham area. She is an exceptional family lawyer with a superb reputation, and we are incredibly proud to have Mary overseeing the growth of our newest office in Birmingham.”
Mary is experienced in all areas of family law, both nationally and internationally, including financial matters; Pre-Nuptial Agreements; Post-Nuptial Agreements; Cohabitation Agreements and divorce. She has a particular emphasis on serious children cases, and is also recognised for her expertise in handling complex financial proceedings including family companies, partnerships, trusts and pensions with assets in excess of £1 million.
Mary stands out amongst her peers in terms of conducting her own advocacy, and is often singled out for her expertise in complicated cases often with a jurisdictional nature. Her particular expertise in international divorce law often involves legal and financial disputes in different jurisdictions. She has represented clients living permanently or temporarily overseas across a broad range of territories including the Far East, South Africa, Canada, France and Guernsey.
She is recognised in both Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners rankings guides as: “…. a very knowledgeable and capable lawyer who interacts well with clients. Her expertise includes financial matters involving pensions, trusts and insolvency, as well as children matters.”