Top Flight Family Lawyers
It was the Queen’s reputation lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, who noticed Catherine Bedford’s expertise in dealing with A-list clients at Lee & Thompson. Convinced by the strength of her practice, Tyrrell was instrumental in bringing Bedford’s entire team to complete Harbottle & Lewis’s private client offering in 2017.
Three years on, the family department is punching above its weight, accounting for a substantial proportion of the firm’s total revenue. ‘The last year has been my busiest yet,’ she says. Catherine is currently running one of the most complex and significant pieces of family law litigation that the profession has seen in many decades, and representing a wife amid significant media scrutiny. One of the many reasons for Bedford’s commercial success and burgeoning reputation (one QC referred to her as a future ‘Queen Bee’) is her personality.
The Canadian is known for her emotional intelligence when dealing with cases involving complex financial matters and difficult children issues. But that doesn’t mean she’s unafraid to tell hard truths. She is one of the most straight-talking solicitors in the market. ‘I’m not a lawyer who tells the client what they want to hear.