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Kate practices predominantly in the field of family law. Having previously been a tenant at a leading family law Chambers on the Western Circuit, Kate has gained extensive exposure to all aspects of children work, including private and public law cases.
Kate regularly conducts multi-day contested hearings and recognises the importance of strong client care along with a pragmatic approach to solving problems.
Private Law Children
Kate is regularly instructed in private law cases. She has in-depth experience in dealing with Child Arrangement Orders and specialises in multi-day Fact Finding Hearings. Most recently, Kate has acted for an Applicant Father in contested proceedings in which the Local Authority raised allegations regarding his involvement in child sexual exploitation.
Kate has particular expertise dealing with cases involving issues of mental health, domestic violence and sexual abuse allegations. She has extensive experience of dealing with litigants in person and is often praised for her congenial manner.
Public Law Children
Kate has experience of representing both Local Authorities and parents within Public Law proceedings and has a particular interest in contested Interim Care Order applications. She is an experienced trial advocate and can represent parties from first appointment through to contested final hearing.
Kate has experience of delivering training seminars, particularly on the recent decision in Re N regarding the lawfulness of s.20 placements and the associated case law. Kate can advise on Human Rights Act claims both for and against Local Authorities, specifically in relation to breaches of Article 6 and 8 ECHR.
Family Law Act Injunctions
Kate has extensive experience in applications for Non Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders. Kate is particularly sought-after for contested final hearings due to her previous experience as a criminal advocate.
Kate is experienced and competent at dealing with contested hearings involving allegations of rape, FGM and serious domestic abuse.
Court of Protection
Kate is able to deal with disputes over the welfare and property of adults lacking capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also has a particular interest in ‘Inherent Jurisdiction’ cases.
Kate has a keen interest in Financial Remedy work. She accepts a broad range of instructions in financial matters arising from the dissolution of a marriage.
Cohabitation and TOLATA
Kate can provide advice and representation in matters concerning cohabitation issues and disputes between parties which involve the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Kate can provide advice and representation in matters concerning applications for financial provision pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Cases of note:
B v M – Represented the Respondent at final hearing in contested FLA 1996 proceedings. Issues involved allegations of serious domestic violence and FGM. Complicated by concurrent High Court Wardship and FGM Protection Order proceedings.
C v C – Obtained orders for the Applicant at final hearing in contested FLA 1996 proceedings. Issues involved allegations of inter-marital rape, domestic violence and coercive and controlling behaviour.
L v F – Successfully represented the Respondent Mother at final hearing in an intractable contact dispute. Issues involved allegations of domestic violence and drug abuse.
M v W – Represented the Applicant Father in private law children proceedings where he was accused of being involved in child sexual exploitation.
T v D – Represented the Applicant Father at a multi-day Fact Finding Hearing within private law children proceedings. Issues involved allegations of harassment via fake social media profiles.
Kate already has extensive experience of a varied civil practice from her time as a County Court Advocate prior to joining the Bar.
Kate is a competent and experienced in dealing with a wide range of matters including landlord and tenant disputes, possession claims, contractual disputes and all interlocutory applications and hearings.
Kate has successfully appeared in applications for an Order for Sale, application for relief from sanctions, quantum assessment hearings (Stage 3 MOJs) and CMHs within fast-track proceedings.
North Eastern Circuit
Public Access Qualified
ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
Bar Professional Training Course, Bristol Institute of Legal Practice
LLB (Hons), University of Exeter
Having recently moved up to Newcastle from Hampshire, Kate is adjusting to the drop in temperature and exploring all that the North East has to offer.
Kate is a keen lacrosse player and has previously played for Bristol and Southampton in the South West League. She hopes to continue this by playing for Newcastle, whilst avoiding injury as much as possible.