Catherine Bedford, Harbottle & Lewis I Spear's Top Family Lawyers 2019

Catherine Bedford

Harbottle & Lewis

Catherine Bedford
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‘Things are going better than ever,’ beams the inimitable Catherine Bedford, who comes out of 2018 with several ‘seminal’ cases under her belt. Harbottle & Lewis, where she is head of the family law department, continues to punch above its weight. ‘We deal with a very demanding clientele,’ she says. ‘People come to us safe in the knowledge that we can untangle all sorts of complexities that can arise in these cases.’ A go-to choice for those looking to escape the prying eyes of the tabloids, Bedford earned her formidable reputation by establishing Lee & Thompson’s family department and making it one of London’s most renowned. She took her entire team to Harbottle in 2017 after being convinced of the firm’s merits by former Spear’s Reputation Manager of the year Gerard Tyrrell. She hasn’t looked back since. ‘It’s been a genuine pleasure working with this team,’ she says. ‘All our departments are interlinked and close, which helps us to bring expertise to all aspects of a client’s case.’ Clients appreciate Bedford’s strong approach. ‘I’m honest with my clients and they appreciate that,’ she says. ‘I’m upfront and will always tell it to them how it is, which they like.’