Katharine is an experienced advocate who specialises in all aspects of private and public children’s law.
Katharine has excellent client care skills and is very experienced in representing vulnerable clients.
Katharine always works hard to achieve the best results for her clients and is particularly skilled at giving sympathetic yet realistic advice.
Children (public law)
Katharine is regularly instructed on behalf of parents, extended family members and guardians in cases involving the following issues:
- Non-accidental injury involving complex and disputed medical evidence
- Allegations of sexual abuse
- Serious domestic violence
- Emotional and physical abuse and neglect
- Cases where there are concurrent criminal and care proceedings
Katharine regularly represents vulnerable clients who have a learning disability, mental health issues and substance misuse issues.
Children (private law)
Katharine has extensive experience in applications for child arrangements orders, special guardianship orders, specific issue orders, enforcement of orders and in intractable contact cases.
International family law
Katharine has experience in the following types of cases with an international element:
- International child abduction to and from both Hague and non-Hague Convention Countries
- Care proceedings where there is an international element including whether proceedings should be transferred under Article 15 of Brussels IIR
- Applications for permanent and temporary removal of children from the UK to Hague and non-Hague Convention Countries
Katharine is instructed in applications for non-molestation orders, occupation orders and transfer of tenancies under the Family Law Act 1996.
Re L (A Child) (Jurisdiction: Private Fostering) 2016 2 FLR 170
Katharine represented a Romanian father in care proceedings in the High Court. The issues were whether his daughter was habitually resident in the UK and whether the proceedings should be transferred to Romania under Article 15 of Brussels IIR.