Wedlake Bell’s Charmaine Hast is a specialist in high-profile cases, but privacy is always paramount. ‘If it’s a particularly high-profile case, we pride ourselves on confidentiality during this stressful time and even take the client out through a separate entrance to avoid the press,’ she says.
Hast established the firm’s family law department in 2011, and it has quickly become one of the capital’s most feared. ‘More than a few billionaires have come by with very complex cases,’ she says. Hast is one of a handful of family law arbitrators, allowing her to hand down binding judgments in financial matters. Her favourite part of the job? ‘Winning,’ she says, beaming.