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Catherine Bedford

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Partner, Head of the Family Group

Catherine Bedford deals with all areas of family law including divorce and separation; the breakdown of civil partnerships; cohabitation disputes; jurisdictional disputes and enforcement; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; freezing injunctions; appeals; and applications to vary maintenance.

Depending on each client’s needs, Catherine’s approach is tailor made – whether that be successful negotiating outside of the court process or tough litigating within it. Her work frequently involves high net worth individuals, ranging from high-flying CEOs and investment bankers, to sports stars and entertainers.

Catherine specialises in complex financial matters, frequently advising her clients with regard to assets and trust structures, including locating hidden assets.

Catherine is also highly experienced in all private law children matters including residence and contact; leave to remove children from the jurisdiction (both achieving and preventing); specific issue applications and prohibited steps orders.


Catherine completed a degree in English Literature at McGill University in Montreal, Canada before moving to the UK to read Law at Oxford University. She joined Lee & Thompson as a partner in 2007 and founded the firm’s Family group. Catherine joined Harbottle & Lewis in April 2017, bring the entire Lee & Thompson team with her.

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Within: Family

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a ‘very high-performing central London family law team with a top class client base and first-rate lawyers’. Catherine Bedford, Nicholas Westley  and Mark Irving  are all ‘big hitters who have a steely determination in terms of getting the best results for their clients’. Tom Farley-Hills is ‘incredibly good at spotting the strengths and weaknesses in a case from the beginning and his client care is fantastic’. Associate Lidia Cantele is ‘dogged and determined but hides this behind a beguiling and friendly approach’. The team is best known for representing wealthy clients who have public profiles to protect. Linzi Bull recently moved to Penningtons Manches LLP .

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