Worden Richmond have provided me with exceptional legal counsel – of the very highest quality any person has the right to hope for. Catherine Richmond is a brilliant, stellar, first-class lawyer, and who brings a wealth of experience to her clients. Her counsel is highly intelligent, wise, tactically savvy, smart, clever and shrewd. It is also restrained, measured, thoughtful, proportionate and considered – always thinking ahead, and always mindful of risks and opportunities. Her work and counsel is always unfailingly wise and legally brilliant – as well as emotionally intelligent. You will not find better.
In the course of my work with the partnership, I have marveled at the tenacity and resilience of Catherine, and her colleague Alex Worden. Though a small firm, their legal counsel is outstanding and of the very highest calibre. I have had cause to work with a number of legal firms over the years, and I have yet to encounter one that has evoked in me this most profound admiration for all of the professionalism they embody. I could not have been in better hands.
I remain in awe of their craft and graft in a particularly testing legal tussle; and also profoundly moved by the way in which their professionalism, skills and genius are melded together with their obvious virtues, humanity and clear integrity. Worden Richmond may be a small firm, but they are beautifully formed, providing exceptional legal counsel to their clients, which others have also testified is stupendous. After my case was concluded (successfully), Alex and Catherine received numerous enquiries from similar specialist clients. I can report that these clients have been equally impressed with and grateful for making this firm their choice. I would do again myself – without hesitation.
The Very Revd. Professor Martyn Percy
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
“Alexandra has huge experience on both sides of the fence. She brings top level experience as a former partner at Eversheds with the personal service of running her own firm. Basically, she is brilliant at what she does.”
Anne-Marie Garner, Chief Legal Officer, Therme Group
Alex is highly experienced, well versed and comfortable providing advice and guidance on senior executive employment and contractual related matters. She combined deep legal technical knowledge with good judgement and practical common-sense advice.
What impressed me most was that Alex is adept at appreciating how different strategies and statements could play out in a senior level corporate environment.
Alex is an unusually good listener which translated into high calibre written materials reflecting the sensitivity of these types of issues.
Accessibility and client care were second to none.
Senior Vice President within a listed multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company
As a lawyer myself I was very impressed with Catherine’s quick grasp of detail and her ability to think strategically. She is not afraid to come off the fence and give her view on the best way forward. I have already recommended her to friends and they have been equally impressed.
Senior Associate in a Magic Circle law firm
"Alexandra's deep knowledge and experience quickly become apparent, inspiring trust and confidence in her advice. She is able to move from the detail to the big picture seamlessly and provided me with well-rounded, practical advice."
I am happy to recommend Catherine to anyone needing legal advice on discrimination at work. When I was threatened with unfair treatment during my maternity leave, she gave me clear and helpful advice as well as going out of her way to make it manageable for me to speak to her while I was caring for my baby.
Manager at an investment bank
Alex is intellectually curious, rigorous, robust and persistent. She is also gifted with a natural interest in and empathy with other people and their situations. And she very clearly has an eye for detail. I find that these attributes combine to make her an excellent solicitor. From my experience I would unreservedly recommend her.
Ian Smillie, Partner, Marshall Wace LLP
“Thank you again for all the stalwart work, commitment and unearthly hours, completely beyond the call of duty, which you have put into this. I have genuinely and deeply appreciated your perspectives, judgement and wisdom in thinking through these difficult matters. It has been a pleasure working with you.”
An internationally known scientist and Research Institute Director
“Alex advised me over the course of a year during a contested redundancy. She was clear, thorough, practical, prompt, highly efficient and completely human throughout. I am very pleased to have worked with her from the very start of the process. Her advice secured me a full and satisfactory settlement.”
Senior Strategy Director at a multinational company
I've twice asked Catherine for advice on employment contracts. Both times her advice was thorough, well explained and enabled me to negotiate great outcomes with clarity and confidence.
Shaun Orpen, Full Stack Engineer
Alex quickly understood my fairly complex employment situation after working for my employer for 30 years. She was very supportive and provided sound advice throughout the negotiation process. She responded quickly and comprehensively to all queries and communicated very effectively with the head of HR. She was very patient and overcame many of the challenges thrown up by the HR department. Through her determination she managed to secure the best possible result, which has allowed me to retire much earlier than expected. I am extremely grateful to Alex and she carried out a significant amount of work for a very reasonable cost”.
Former Senior Business Development Executive for a global American mutual insurance company
After making preliminary calls to several employment lawyers, I engaged Alexandra to assist me with negotiating a settlement agreement with my employer. I always felt that Alexandra had my back and I could rely on her advice to get the best result. She is highly professional and comprehensive in her approach, while at the same time helping to resolve issues with practical recommendations and clearly worded draft language. Alexandra was both supportive and responsive to my requests and it was great to have her on my side. I highly recommend her services.
Head of business unit for a leading biotechnology company
Alexandra was recommended to me by her former colleague, for which I am very grateful. Alexandra represented me as part of a redundancy and settlement agreement discussion with a large UK PLC, where I held a senior position. The situation associated with my severance was not entirely straightforward and the nature of my benefits package was complex and at times confused by my employer. I really appreciated Alexandra's expertise both in legal matters and also in the art of negotiation. She encouraged me to consider my options and gave rational and clear explanations, and helped me to navigate through the process. Alexandra also demonstrated a lot of empathy for my situation - and at a difficult time I found her support to be invaluable. I am in no doubt that I had a better outcome from both a financial and emotional perspective due to the work which Alexandra completed on my behalf.
Head of Organisation Change for a household name retailer
I found Alexandra to be extremely professional and diligent. She represented my interests with great competence and judgement and explained the technicalities in a way that was easy for me to understand. She worked within very tight timescales and the outcome was better than I had expected. Overall Alexandra was a pleasure to work with and I am very pleased that she was recommended to me.
Organisation Design Lead for a household name retailer
Alex provided me with valuable advice which lead to a successful outcome in a challenging situation. She combined solid knowledge of the law with a practical, common sense approach and a range of supporting strategies and tactics. She was quick to grasp the nuances of the situation and was responsive and supportive throughout the process.
Senior manager with a global publisher
My experience with Worden Richmond has been wonderful and I highly recommend the firm for legal and strategic counsel. I worked with Alexandra on a highly sensitive matter and I was inspired by her outstanding legal skills, strategic counselling and most importantly her empathy and patience.
Alexandra’s work is a testimony to her impressive experience as a former partner at Eversheds, and her inimitable ability to relate to clients and understand their objectives.
Having worked with many law firms across the world, I find Alexandra’s offering to be rare as it combines excellent legal skills with realism and empathy. Alexandra is an excellent communicator both with her clients and the other parties and overall an amazing lawyer to have on your side.
I can’t express my gratitude enough and wish you the best for the future.
Dima Sari, Jurist at Governance House, former Associate General Counsel of Yahoo!
I would also like to thank you personally, as a small charity, with limited time and resources, your help with our employment issue was precise and efficient and helped us to move on quickly to do the thing that is most important, helping children with brain tumours and their families. Thank you again for the time that you gave us.
Co-Founder, Tom’s Trust
Alex brought her expertise and empathy to a stressful and upsetting employment dispute. By listening carefully to my whole story, I felt that Alex understood my concerns and presented well-explained options for how I could proceed. I was impressed by her clear and thorough advice throughout – she provided insight into how different approaches might play out, which allowed me to choose the strategy that was right for me. In her expert and dogged pursuit of the matter, Alex achieved an outcome that went beyond my expectation.
Senior IT leader for an international airport
The College has gone from strength to strength under a new Principal. I’ve never forgotten the excellent support you provided through our most difficult time.”
Alan Wells OBE, FRSA Chair of the Corporation of Sir George Monoux 6th Form College
You have been fantastic; thank you for your support. Parting ways with a long standing employer is not an experience you go through very often (one hopes) and there doesn’t appear to be an easy 'how to' guide to help you through it. However, your guidance and advice has been both easy to follow and comprehensive … I also feel that you have helped me keep a focus on what is important and what is reasonable given your broad experience. This has been invaluable in bringing this to a quick and positive resolution.
Director of Strategy, Planning and Project Delivery at financial services company