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Catharine Bell

Partner  |  Forsters

England and Wales


Dispute resolution and troubleshooting for families, trustees and family offices
Family governance, international estate/trust planning
Conflict of laws


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Working in the sustainability field as it relates to private family investment and the duties of trustees and family offices.

How did you get into private client?

I started my private client career as an international trust and corporate litigator. I worked in Jersey for 5 years and developed both a non-contentious and contentious practice in the private wealth world.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Do not be afraid of delivering the hard messages to clients.

What is your favourite quote?

"I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong."

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I love going to the theatre. I do a lot of walking and I am a member of a walking club. Clinical psychology – I did such a broad degree at the LSE that I’m always interested in furthering my expertise in that.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Aubain on Dover Street: Good for meeting with people. Or anything in Shepherd’s Market!