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Rayden Solicitors

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Based in St Albans, Rayden Solicitors specialises exclusively in family law, handling all types of dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and collaboration on financial and children matters. Practice leader Katherine Rayden advises on complex cases involving financial issues, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, cross-border disputes and private law children matters. Other names to note include Priya Palanivel, who specialises in cross-border divorce and finance matters, Emily Watson and Claire Wood. Rosalind Fitzgerald joined from Bindmans LLP at the same time of the opening of the firm's Bishop's Stortford office in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Rayden

Other key lawyers:


‘Practising in all areas of family law from high-net-worth to small cases, the service is impeccable throughout.’ 

‘Katherine Rayden is one of the leading family law solicitors of this generation. Astute, knowledgeable and extremely good with clients of all backgrounds.  She brings calmness, professionalism and strategy to every case.’

‘A growing team who are blazing a trail in family law.’

‘Priya Palanivel is an outstanding partner with a wealth of experience in dealing with high-net-worth cases, which makes her an extremely safe pair of hands in dealing with financial remedy cases. She is very hard working, with an excellent eye for detail and a very astute strategic sense.’  

‘A dynamic and leading firm of family law solicitors which is opening new offices all the time. A modern and client focused business. Teams of high calibre solicitors providing a high level of service.’

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.

Senior partner Katherine Rayden
Family Katherine Rayden
Family Julian Bremner
Family Paula Butterworth
Family Emily Watson
Family Priya Palanivel
Family Joanna Kay
Priya Palanivel photo Priya PalanivelA partner and specialist family law mediator, Priya has over 10 years’…
Katherine Rayden photo Katherine RaydenKatherine 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