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Senior Partner

Katherine Rayden set up Rayden Solicitors and built it to become the award-winning firm it is today. Her extensive experience as a family lawyer, business owner and award winning entrepreneur mark her out as a family law expert who provides sensible, commercial advice on a range of family law issues.

Katherine has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist family law solicitor. She specialises in the financial disputes that can follow the breakdown of any relationship. Katherine has practical knowledge and experience of working with different business structures and inter-company loans and understands the impact that these can have on financial negotiations or settlement. She is also experienced in cases with complex international or corporate structures, pre nuptial agreements, expatriate divorces as well as those that require an in-depth analysis of complex income structures and pensions.

Katherine also handles almost all aspects of private law children matters including relocation of children, applications for contact with children, fact-finding hearings and surrogacy. Katherine often acts for same-sex parents.

Although some of Katherine’s cases have gone to trial in recent years, most cases have settled without the need to go to a final hearing saving substantial court expenses for clients. This has been possible because Katherine has been able to draw on her substantial experience to achieve the most sensible and cost-effective solution for her clients. An experienced advocate, Katherine offers clients continuity of care and the ability to attend urgent hearings personally.

Katherine is noted by industry peers as ‘the doyenne of family law outside London’ and commended for her ‘tremendous enthusiasm for her work.’

Katherine has acted for and continues to advise a number of high profile clients, celebrities and top-flight professionals both within the region and in London.

Katherine qualified into boutique London firm Sears Tooth, moving to Farrer & Co for 9 years before setting up Rayden Solicitors.

Katherine currently sits on the Resolution Skills and Support Committee. She is the firm’s Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration. She is also a member of Resolution.

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Katherine is supported by Lisa Wood. Email Lisa.

Katherine is noted by industry peers as ‘the doyenne of family law outside London’ and commended for her ‘tremendous enthusiasm for her work.’

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 

She’s very much at the top of her job and the best individual in the area.

Chambers and Partners

Excellent knowledge, tempered with sensible, common-sense advice and guidance.

Chambers and Partners

A force to be reckoned with. Outstanding leadership, tenacious work ethic, she always delivers no matter what.

Legal 500

The dynamic leadership of Katherine Rayden allows her to deliver a high end London style service at regional prices.

Legal 500

…tough but at the same time collaborative and sensible in her style… an excellent lawyer who has an enormous wealth of experience in high net worth and substantial assets cases.

Client on Katherine

Katherine is the most professional, no nonsense, ‘straight to the heart of the problem’ lawyer.

Client on Katherine

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Reported Cases:

  • MD v D [2009] 1 FLR 81 (Appeal) Financial Relief following a short childless marriage. Whether sum awarded by the judge at first instance for the pension provided adequately for needs.  The Appeal was successful.
  • DE v AB [2010] EWHC 3792 (Appeal) Father appealed an order for financial provision for his child. The Appeal was upheld in part.
  • Re I-L (Children) (1996 Hague Child Protection Convention: Inherent Jurisdiction) [2019] EWCA Civ 1956 (Appeal) Father appealed an Order made under Inherent Jurisdiction, requiring the two parties children to be returned to Russia. The Appeal was upheld.