Catharine Bell


The Law Society


ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists)

Catharine Bell

Partner, Private Client

Catharine is partner in our Private Client department. She is an international private client lawyer with particular expertise in contentious trusts and estates, as well as wealth structuring, family governance and varied advice to family offices.  Catharine is recognised within the private wealth industry as a leading expert in both contentious and non-contentious work.

She advises high net worth individuals and their trustees on the creation and fortification of trust vehicles and other succession planning structures, for asset protection and wealth preservation reasons.  This includes the use of family governance mechanisms in the management of potential intra-familial disputes, and advice on pre- and post- nuptial agreements as a tool to maintain family harmony.  She has a wealth of experience advising in relation to high level trust and estates disputes.

Catharine is recognized in the Citywealth Leaders List as one of the Top 10 Contentious Trusts lawyers, where she is praised for her "quick mind" and "pragmatic and practical approach".   She is ranked in the Chambers UK and HNW guides for both her contentious and non-contentious work. Catharine has written and lectured extensively on her areas of expertise both in the UK and overseas.

Catharine joined Forsters with the rest of the Gowling WLG London Private Client team in May 2017.  She practised for a number of years in Jersey, before joining Lawrence Graham (a predecessor firm of Gowling WLG) in 1999, becoming a partner in 2004.  Catharine qualified as a solicitor in 1989.

Awards and recognitions

  • Private Client Global Elite 2019
  • Legal Week Private Client Global Elite 2018
  • Legal Week PC Global Elite 2017


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"Very knowledgeable and is able to provide very rounded and commercially aware advice. Extremely responsive and able to distil complex matters in an informed and straightforward manner." Legal 500 UK, 2020
"An absolute expert on trust law, she's an excellent strategist as a litigator too." Chambers HNW, 2019
"One of the powerful forces in the London market"
Chambers HNW Guide 2017