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Kate practises exclusively 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 hearings and recognises the importance of strong client care along with a pragmatic approach to solving problems.
Public Law Children
Kate routinely represents Local Authorities, parents, extended family members and Children’s Guardians at all stages of proceedings and in all tiers of the Family Court. She has acted on behalf of clients with difficulty in giving and receiving instructions.
Kate is instructed to deal with cases involving non-accidental injuries, rape/sexual abuse, violence, mental health issues and chronic neglect. Kate also has experience in dealing with cases involving jurisdictional issues.
In addition to her in-Court work, Kate is often sought out to advise both in conference and in writing on Human Rights Act claims both for and against Local Authorities, specifically in relation to breaches of Article 6 and 8 ECHR.
Private Law Children
Kate is regularly instructed on behalf of parents and other family members. She also has experience in representing the child as a separate party in the proceedings. Kate is experienced in dealing with cases involving, sexual abuse/rape, mental health, violence and implacably hostile parties.
Kate is also well versed in cases concerning removal from the jurisdiction. She has acted both for those seeking to remove and those seeking to resist a removal with equal success.
Family Law Act Injunctions
Kate has extensive experience in applications for Non Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders. Kate is experienced in dealing with contested hearings involving allegations of rape, FGM and serious domestic abuse.
Court of Protection
Kate has experience of acting for both the Local Authority and family members in disputes over the welfare and property of adults lacking capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Of particular interest to Kate are contested proceedings involving the appointment of a Deputy.
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 also deals with matrimonial finance cases, accepting instructions from first appointments through to final hearings. In addition, Kate is instructed in proceedings relating to co-ownership of property under TOLATA 1996 and financial provision for children under Schedule 1 CA 1989.
Re C -Junior counsel in a four week finding of fact hearing concerning the unlawful killing of an infant by shaking. The case involved multiple experts and complex medical evidence.
Re G - Instructed on behalf of the victim child in a case involving inter-sibling rape.
Re O - Instructed on behalf an extended family member in a 5-day final hearing before Hedley J.
Re T - Instructed on behalf of a mother at a contested jurisdiction hearing in the High Court. The case was made more complex due to the relevant country being a non-EU member state and Brussels II not being applicable.
Re N - Instructed on behalf of a Local Authority at a contested jurisdiction hearing involving Northern Ireland.
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
North Eastern Circuit
Family Law Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Inner Temple
Public Access Qualified
ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
Bar Professional Training Course, Bristol Institute of Legal Practice
LLB (Hons), University of Exeter
Kate is available to deliver CPD training to solicitors and clients across her specialist areas.
Outside of Chambers, Kate is a keen lacrosse player, having previously played for Bristol and Southampton in the South West League. Also keeping Kate busy are her two miniature dachshunds who require regular walks along the beaches in Tynemouth.