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.
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.
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.
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.
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.