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Kate Clarkson

Called 2011

Kate specialises in all aspects of family law and has a particular interest in:


• Representing parents with learning difficulties.

• Representation and cross examination of vulnerable witnesses, including children.
• The application of PD12J and evidence in cases with allegations of domestic violence.
• Care proceedings involving challenges to medical evidence.
Areas of Expertise
Family: Children
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Kate receives regular instructions to appear on behalf of parents, family members, Local Authorities and children in a wide variety of matters, including in the High Court. 


Kate has a particular interest in acting for clients with learning disabilities and mental health issues, taking instructions from the Official Solicitor where appropriate. 


Kate regularly receives instructions in cases involving neglect, sexual abuse and non accidental injury. Kate has a great deal of experience in the cross examination of expert witnesses, and in the past has successfully challenged medical experts leading to the return of the children to the care of the parents


Kate is known for her calm and sensitive approach when dealing with vulnerable witnesses, and has experience in cross examining children and adults with significant learning disabilities. 


Private Law:


Kate regularly represents parents at all stages of private law proceedings, including enforcement proceedings. Kate has a particular experience representing vulnerable clients and has a wealth of knowledge in dealing with those with complex learning needs and mental health difficulties. 


Kate has been involved in cases concerning complex findings of fact following allegations of sexual and physical abuse. 


Kate often represents the children in private law disputes through their r.16.4 Guardian. 


Kate has experience of cases involving leave to remove children from the jurisdiction.

Family: Property & Finance
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Kate has experience in all stages of financial remedy proceedings, including financial dispute resolution hearings and contested final hearings. 


Kate is regularly instructed to represent vulnerable clients who struggle to understand complex proceedings. Kate has, where appropriate, taken instructions from litigation friends or the Official Solicitor.


Kate has experience in representing clients in applications made under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. 


Kate has experience acting for clients in contested divorce and dissolution hearings.

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Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholar

Middle Temple Chrystal Macmillan prize for outstanding achievement on the BPTC

Personal Details

LLB (Hons) Law, University of Warwick, 2009

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Leeds, 2011

Professional Associations

Family Law Bar Association

Lawyers For Children

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Northern Circuit

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