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Katherine Rayden – Founder of Rayden Solicitors
Bhini Phagura speaks to Katherine Rayden, the founder and director of Rayden Solicitors, winner of the Family Law Firm of the Year – South Award at the Family Law Awards 2017.
Katherine has over 25 years’ experience as a specialist family law solicitor. She specialises in the financial disputes that can follow the breakdown of any relationship. She is also experienced in cases with complex international or corporate structures, pre-nuptial agreements, expatriate divorces as well as those that require an in-depth analysis of complex income structures and pensions.
What inspired you to start up your own firm? What point in your career did you know you wanted to set up your own business?
I completed my training in Mayfair, in a well-known boutique firm. I did lots of high-end matrimonial work. I then spent nine years in a West End firm, again in a high-net-worth matrimonial firm.
After having my third child, I wanted to work part-time. It didn’t seem that it was going to be possible to develop my career and work part-time whilst I remained at the firms I was working for at that time. Consequently, I thought the best way of pursuing my career at the pace I wanted was to set up on my own.
I wanted to work part-time and closer to home but not lose a legal career and reputation which I had worked hard to build. My firm was founded on the premise that working part time is not incompatible with excellent client care and service.
I founded Rayden Solicitors in 2005 as a sole practitioner. I started the firm in a small office in Shenley, Hertfordshire working one or two days per week and two or three years after that I moved to an office in St Albans.
Since then, Rayden Solicitors has grown to six offices: two in St Albans, with further offices in Berkhamsted, Beaconsfield, Hampstead and Bishop’s Stortford. We are top ranked for family law in all national directories.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when you set up Rayden Solicitors?
At the time I set up the firm, there was very little help provided in terms of how to do it; I was fortunate to be on maternity leave and so had time to do a lot of research. There are more resources available now but even so, the greatest challenge was to have the time to really think about:
Finding time to think about the business remains a challenge but its importance can never be underestimated – whether it occurs when running, meditating or just sitting in a quiet room, it is really important to have regular time and space to think about the business strategy and performance – if you don’t do it, no one else will!
Top tips for people who want to set up their own firm
Know your Product and what will make you stand out
Good local business relationships – build a network
Flexible with your employees
Focus on your brand and your core values
Senior Partner Rayden Solicitors