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Rayden Solicitors

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

Rayden Solicitors houses a ‘fantastic team of superb lawyers‘, which assists clients with a variety of issues, including shared care order applications, shared care arrangements, and the division of matrimonial assets. Rated by clients as ‘one of the best solicitors around‘, Katherine Rayden heads up the practice from St Albans and primarily acts for high-net-worth individuals on the settlement of financial disputes and relationship breakdowns, often drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements. Emily Watson works out of the Berkhamsted office, and is particularly adept handling cases concerning permanent removal and international trust structures. In Beaconsfield, the ‘fantasticJulian Bremner frequently dispenses advice on financial issues, particularly with a cross-border aspect; while in Bishop’s Stortford, Rosalind Fitzgerald was promoted to partner in October 2022 and has broad expertise spanning surrogacy and fertility cases. In Beaconsfield, Rupinder Rai regularly acts in child arrangement proceedings, including Schedule 1 issues.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Rayden

Other key lawyers:

Paula Butterworth; Emily Watson; Julian Bremner; Rosalind Fitzgerald; Abby Westell; Rupinder Rai


‘The team is consistently impressive in terms of their ability to build fantastic, trusting relationships with their clients and also in their in depth knowledge and understanding of the issues which arise. The firm is also incredibly approachable.’

‘What a great firm. Raydens have largely taken over the market, and for good reason; they are well organised, well motivated and dedicated to their clients.’

‘Katherine Rayden remains at the absolute top of the tree – there is no better divorce lawyer in this part of the country.’

Julian Bremner is fantastic, and I really rate Rupi Rai, I am always very impressed by her.’

‘Excellent team of individuals who work collaboratively to best meet client needs. My experience is that they go above and beyond to make themselves available to clients, particularly anxious clients. Excellent people skills and they know when to bring in counsel but do not do so unnecessarily – a team able to make their own decisions.’

‘Katy Rayden leads the team and her knowledge and her ability to see strategy in a case is exceptional.’

‘Katy Rayden’s firm is first rate. She has a fantastic team of superb lawyers, who routinely achieve the very best results for their clients. Be it a complex and high-value case or more straightforward, clients are assured the best representation.’

‘Katy Rayden’s reputation goes before her. She is admired and feared in the family law world. One of the best solicitors around.’

Private client > Family: Essex Tier 4

Rayden Solicitors operates from its office in Epping and is led by Stuart Clark and Nazia Rashid, who joined the department in October 2022 from Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP. Described as a ‘brilliant legal mind’, Clark is well versed in handling all financial aspects of separations and specialises in divorces with international elements, while Rashid’s practice includes niche expertise in non-qualifying ceremony of marriage or marriage abroad issues.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Clark; Nazia Rashid

Other key lawyers:

Sara Roddis; Mehnaz Zanil


‘Nazia Rashid is my solicitor. She is outstanding. I am so so so glad that she is looking after me. She is an absolute star, and I don’t know where I would be without her.’

‘No matter what the problem, they always had a person that could help find a solution for me. These guys are the best!’

‘Mehnaz Zanil was always available on call. I really appreciate all her efforts.’

‘One of the best and most competitive boutique firms in the South East. I could not recommend the whole team more highly. They are excellent collaborators. Their key strength is teamwork.’

‘Stuart Clark – a brilliant legal mind – chews through problems. He always has a solution however complex the issue and is charming to boot.’

‘Sara Roddis is an up and coming associate solicitor. Quite amazing, she has experience and calmness far beyond her years. She is one of the hardest working associates I have come across.’

‘Specialist Family Law practice with a breadth and depth of knowledge.’

‘The team is very close knit which means they work together very well. They have excellent links internationally which is important for international family law cases. They also collectively have a high level of expertise.’

Private client > Family

Private client > Family: Birmingham

Rayden Solicitors has recently opened an office in Birmingham that is led by Mary Kaye (formerly of Shakespeare Martineau LLP). Kaye has a ‘stellar reputation in the Birmingham legal community and beyond’.

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