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Kate Clarkson

Called 2011

Areas of Expertise
Family: Children
Right Arrow
Divorce and Financial Remedy

Kate has experience in all stages of financial remedy proceedings, including Financial Dispute Resolution and contested final hearings.

Kate has experience in applications pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

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

Public Law

Kate receives regular instructions to appear on behalf of parents, Local Authorities and children in a wide variety of matters in all levels of courts, including the High Court. Kate has also acted for vulnerable clients who lack capacity, via the Official Solicitor.

Kate has been involved in cases involving neglect, sexual abuse, and non accidental injury. She was recently successful in representing grandparents against a Local Authority plan of adoption, securing the return of their grandchild.

Kate has experience in applications for permission to oppose placement orders following a care order being made.

Private Law

Kate has represented parents at all stages in private law proceedings. She has acted in residence and contact disputes, cases concerning proposed moves out of the jurisdiction, and in prohibited steps order matters. Kate also has experience of representing clients in enforcement proceedings.

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

Family: Property & Finance
Right Arrow
Right Arrow

Kate has given seminars and accredited training events, with recent topics including:

  • Local Authorities’ obligations to families without recourse to public funds

  • 2015 private law update

  • The impact of the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014

 Kate has also provided in house court skills training to social workers for several Local Authorities.

Personal Details

LLB (Hons) Law, University of Warwick, 2009, Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Leeds, 2011, Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple Chrystal Macmillan prize for outstanding achievement.

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