Who I am
Catherine Heath
Barrister, Doctor of Law
  • 1993-1998
    Moscow State Law Academy (, Masters Degree (first class)
  • 1998-2001
    PhD student,
    Moscow State Law Academy (Department of Criminal Law).
    Tutor in Criminal Law
  • 2000- 2001
    Moscow Regional Bar Association, attorney at law
  • 2001-2005
    Moscow Defense Bar Association, attorney at law
  • 2005-
    Moscow Bar of Arbitration Lawyers, attorney at law

Russian Lawyer. Divorce Attorney. International Family Lawyer

I provide services as a family lawyer and divorce attorney since 2000 when I was admitted to practice as a Russian lawyer, the member of the Bar Chamber of the Moscow Region. In 2005 i also joined the Moscow Bar of Arbitration Lawyers. In 2007 I became a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a worldwide association of practising family lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled divorce attorneys and family law specialists in their respective countries.

I speak both, Russian and English languages.

While my area of expertise includes various aspects of Family law, Civil, Property, Tax and Inheritance law, the major part of my work deals with international family law cases, complex property settlements, prenuptial agreements and children matters, including international child abduction cases.

In 2003 I set up the first Russian law website in English language, this website, designed to fill in the gap for non-Russian speakers seeking Russian lawyer’s assistance in family matters, including relevant legislation, commentary and useful information relating to legal family matters.

My Work as a Family Lawyer in Other Jurisdictions

Major part of my work as a family lawyer sees me as a consultant Russian lawyer specialising in international divorce matters and providing top tier family law firms in the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands and the United States advice on cross-jurisdictional matters with a connection to Russia. I acted and continue to act as an expert in Russian matrimonial law, and provide my expert witness reports to the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, the Family Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and many other jurisdictions in matrimonial matters, some of which became landmark cases in relevant jurisdictions.

Upon completion of my Juris Doctor degree at the top Australian law school, the UNSW, in November 2012 with high marks and later graduating from the College of Law in Sydney, Australia, I became a family lawyer and solicitor  in New South Wales, Australia. I am admitted to practice in both, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. In 2010-2014 I worked in a boutique law practice in Sydney. I dealt with Australian matrimonial cases, involving complex property and parenting matters, financial agreements and various related issues.

However, my practice as a Russian lawyer and divorce attorney remains my primary focus and passion.


Academic work

The academic side of my work has always been a professional priority, allowing me to continue to improve my knowledge and skills as a practicing family lawyer. I have authored numerous articles in both Russian and British specialist and popular publications (including The Lawyer, Marie Claire and others) and have been the recipient of several awards relating to my work in legal research, including the Russian President PhD scholarship and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Grant. My most recent publication the Russian Chapter in the 2nd edition of Jurisdictional Comparisons, co-authored by the great team of top family lawyers and international family law experts in their respective countries.

I am passionate about being a family lawyer and divorce attorney as it allows me guide and help people in their difficult time and resolve many tangled issues for their families as well as to contribute to academic writing as a Russian lawyer and international law specialist.

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