Firm Profile > Rayden Solicitors > St Albans, England

Rayden Solicitors

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Located in St Albans, Rayden Solicitors is a family law boutique known for its mediation and arbitration services relating to issues such as finance and children matters. Practice leader Katherine Rayden specialises in prenuptial agreements, expatriate divorces, and children matters such as relocation of children and surrogacy, and frequently acts for same-sex parents. Other names to note are Priya Palanivel, who works on divorce and finance matters, and Emily Watson, who has in-depth expertise in children law including arbitration, as well as Rupinder Rai.

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Rayden uniquely offers a high end London service for the home counties. They are proactive and not afraid to deal ably with very complex cases. The calibre of the team extends not only to the partners but also to the more junior solicitors. The standout firm in this practice area.’

Katherine Rayden continues to lead the team with determination and skill. She deals with very complex cases with tenacity. She leaves no stone unturned and is not afraid to fight, no matter who the opponent is.’

Rayden has a wide range of people working hard for their clients. They support each other well and always want to do the best for their clients. They are good at coming to counsel when they require help.’

Katherine Rayden is very good at client management and managing expectations.’

As a client, what I found unique about their way of working was that the senior partners pair with an associate, so the big meetings are attended by both, which gave me a lot of confidence, but the day to day is run by the associate and the rest of the team and the associated costs are reflected as such, which I think is very fair.’

Katherine Rayden is an exceptional lawyer; she is clear, calm and at the top of her game. I always felt that she was available if I needed to speak with her specifically.

Smaller practice, attention to detail, with a dedicated expert partner. Consistency, clarity, transparency on costs/time/process.’

Priya Palanivel is always available, clear, incisive advice. Highly experienced and forward looking.’

A specialist family law firm, Rayden Solicitors advise in relation to divorce, marital breakdown, financial disputes following relationship breakdown, dissolution of civil partnerships, pre and post-nuptial agreements and matters concerning children, surrogacy and anglo-french family law.

They also offer a collaborative law practice, mediation and arbitration.

Clients come from the worlds of commerce, fashion and music as well as high-flying medical, legal and accountancy professionals based in the Thames Valley, London and abroad.

The firm: The practice was founded as a niche family firm in 2005 by Katherine Rayden. The team is led by her, together with Julian Bremner, Paula Butterworth, Emily Watson, Priya Palanivel and Joanna Kay. It is now one of the country’s largest specialist family law firms with offices in St Albans, Berkhamsted, Beaconsfield and Hampstead. Appointments are also available in London.

Rayden Solicitors provides a top-flight service to clients who might ordinarily feel that only a London firm can handle the complexity and challenges of their situation. The firm prides itself on using its extensive experience to provide pragmatic, achievable solutions to ensure the fairest and best outcome for clients.

Types of work undertaken: Rayden Solicitors assists in all aspects of divorce, including for people who live or work abroad or are married to foreign nationals. Expertise is provided in related financial matters including arrangements during separation, the process of gathering information for financial disclosure, assistance with the valuation of pensions, business interests, trusts and property, presentation of financial disclosure and possible terms of settlement. Matters relating to complex financial arrangements including offshore vehicles, family businesses and partnerships are a specialism. The complexities of relationship breakdown among unmarried couples are also dealt with. Rayden Solicitors routinely advises on pre and post-nuptial agreements including in relation to second marriages, multiple jurisdictions, protection of inherited wealth or where there is a significant disparity in wealth. The firm also handles an increasing number of cases with a Court of Protection element as the number of issues concerning elderly client’s increases.

The firm routinely advises in relation to all disputes concerning children, including complex financial and contact disputes and practical issues including resolving where a child will live, go to school, their name, medical treatment or religious upbringing. It can help with sensitive issues such as paternity and arrange emergency intervention in cases of abduction. The firm can also advise in relation to surrogacy arrangements and anglo-french family law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Katherine Rayden
Family Katherine Rayden
Family Julian Bremner
Family Paula Butterworth
Family Emily Watson
Family Priya Palanivel
Family Joanna Kay
Photo Name Position Profile
 Priya Palanivel photo Priya Palanivel A partner and specialist family law mediator, Priya has over 10 years’…
 Katherine Rayden photo Katherine Rayden Katherine Rayden set up Rayden Solicitors and built it to become the…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 20
Number of UK trainees : 4
Number of UK paralegals : 5