‘Family law is a bit like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it – and I got the Marmite bug immediately,’ says Caitlin Jenkins, the partner who leads Mills & Reeve’s Cambridge family team.
She moved to Cambridge in 2003 after nine years at Withers, where her clients were mostly from the City. The difference between London and Cambridge is that she now acts for a ‘much wider range of business owners’. Clients include ‘tech entrepreneurs, senior figures in business including PLCs, farmers and families with landed estates and trusts’.
But there is some similarity: ‘Cambridge is a very international city,’ Jenkins tells Spear’s. So while she and her team handle ‘the largest and most significant local cases’, she is also advising on cases connected to London and international jurisdictions.
Jenkins is one of a handful of regional members of the International Academy of Family Lawyers: ‘It shows that a lot of international work can be done, and is being done, outside London,’ she notes. Other feats include being the only solicitor in Cambridge to be a qualified arbitrator, and serving on Mills & Reeve’s board. Jenkins is adept when it comes
to high-value assets, as well as complex children cases and cohabitating family matters.