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Catherine Doherty Precis:

Catherine specialises in matrimonial finance, and has worked on cases involving a range of jurisdictions, including the EU, Oman and the United States. She advises clients on matters including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, associated financial issues and issues surrounding children. Catherine also has experience in proceedings pursuant to Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, and has a special interest in post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements and cohabitation agreements.

Catherine’s wide range of clients include city professionals, homemakers, and actors. She prides herself on providing helpful and reassuring guidance, whatever a client’s background, during what is generally the most difficult time in a person’s life. Whilst Catherine has extensive experience in both the High Court and regional Family courts, she is committed to pursuing alternative dispute resolution where appropriate and possible.

Catherine Doherty, Senior Associate

Precis:

Catherine specialises in matrimonial finance, and has worked on cases involving a range of jurisdictions, including the EU, Oman and the United States. She advises clients on matters including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, associated financial issues and issues surrounding children. Catherine also has experience in proceedings pursuant to Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, and has a special interest in post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements and cohabitation agreements.

Catherine’s wide range of clients include city professionals, homemakers, and actors. She prides herself on providing helpful and reassuring guidance, whatever a client’s background, during what is generally the most difficult time in a person’s life. Whilst Catherine has extensive experience in both the High Court and regional Family courts, she is committed to pursuing alternative dispute resolution where appropriate and possible.

Catherine Doherty
 
Education:

Catherine graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Journalism with Sociology from City University London, before obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Law with Commendation from the College of Law in Bloomsbury, and completing the Legal Practice Course with Distinction at BPP.

Press & publications:

Catherine has published the following articles in Family Law Journal:

A rare bird: Catherine Doherty asks whether case law has effectively restricted stellar performance arguments to financial contributions only (Family Law Journal, November 2018)

Financial provision: Not-so-special: Catherine Doherty examines the approach to stellar contributions and whether such arguments are now largely obsolete (Family Law Journal, May 2020)

Career:

Having completed her training contract at Vardags, Catherine now specialises in high net worth divorce and associated financial issues. She is dedicated to achieving the best results for her clients, whilst ensuring, as far as possible, that familial relationships are maintained. Catherine was a paralegal and later qualified into the Family team at Vardags, having spent the majority of her training contract assisting senior fee earners with the firm’s most complex matrimonial cases. She was quickly made Associate and has since been promoted to a Senior Associate. She now manages her own, varied case load with the assistance of a team.

Before joining Vardags, Catherine spent time working at the BBC, The Times and the National Magazine Company.

Testimonials:

I would like to take this opportunity to personally and publicly thank Catherine Doherty for all her support and patience through this most horrendous of situations.” - Mrs A

I have been very happy with the handling of the case by [Catherine] ... I think the end result was actually as good as it could be.” - Mr E

You... have been a very compassionate, attentive advisor and comfort during the worst of times” - Mrs H

I should thank you ... for your work and the great effort you put behind my case” - Ms A

Thank you for your professional services during a very difficult time” - Mrs K

Thank you for your professional guidance and invaluable support over the last couple of months. I had certain level of comfort knowing I was being represented by Vardags lawyers. Thank you again for everything” - Ms T

Personal:

Catherine enjoys travelling, fine dining, swimming, and spending time with her 4-year-old nephew.

Reported Cases:
  • LKH v TQA AL Z (Interim maintenance and costs funding) [2018] EWHC 1214 (Fam) (19 April 2018)
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