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‘The grande dame of divorce’ is a favourite among high-profile HNWs, perhaps because she’s in favour of ‘civilised remedies that keep people’s lives private’. Maggie Rae’s modus operandi is to avoid court and go to mediation and arbitration whenever possible.
‘I’m very firmly of the view that people who pay tax and want to use the courts to resolve personal issues should not have to put up with having their names in the papers,’ explains the outspoken yet endearingly humble Rae, who made her name at Mishcon de Reya (where she represented Princess Diana) before joining Clintons in 1999.
A successful mediation has always been the most satisfying part of her job, she says. ‘You see people come out, they haven’t spent a fortune and they’re talking to each other: it’s heartwarming.’
She says clients want more control and are less inclined to go for what she calls the ‘Rolls-Royce’ service, even if they can afford it: ‘Many feel the full service will take longer, cost a fortune and get more acrimonious than it needs to get. We have to learn to adapt our practices to that.’
Rae has built a niche as one of the country’s leading authorities in the area of pensions on divorce. She also chairs Refuge, which campaigns for victims of domestic violence, and has in the past acted as adviser to the House of Commons’ social security select committee.