“An excellent advocate with superb judgement who is at home dealing with complicated children’s cases. She never gets it wrong; she absolutely nails it in one sentence.”
Chambers & Partners 2017 – Band 1



Year of Call: 1985
Year of Silk: 2011


Arbitrator (CIArb)


LLB (Hons) (Lond)


Recorder 2007


Catherine has a long established, well- deserved reputation as being one of the country’s leading barristers in the field of private children cases. Appointed in 2007 as a family law Recorder Catherine is able to draw on her extensive experience both as advocate and Judge when representing clients. Frequently instructed in protracted and complicated disputes, often involving an international element, relocation, allegations of sexual abuse, parental alienation and expert evidence.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Bar Pro Bono Unit
Middle Temple
International Academy of Family Lawyers


‘Commands the respect of everyone, both in and out of the courtroom.’
Legal 500,  2017

Recognised for her expert international children practice, particularly when it comes to matters concerning abduction, parental alienation and sexual abuse. She brings her experience as a judge to bear when handling complex cases.
Strengths: “An excellent advocate with superb judgement who is at home dealing with complicated children’s cases. She never gets it wrong; she absolutely nails it in one sentence.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
Band 1

She is an extremely reassuring presence in the courtroom and fights hard for her clients.
Legal 500, 2016

Is highly respected by some of the most prominent names in family law for her work in private children law matters with serious complicating factors.
Strengths: “She cuts through witness prevarication.” “An outstanding advocate, she says only what’s necessary and what she says is extremely effective. She also has a real sense of responsibility for a case, and is empathetic, friendly and approachable.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

Has a deeply respected children practice focusing principally on complex and very contentious private law proceedings. Her cases often relate to the relocation and abduction of children.
Expertise: “She is very sharp-witted and her advocacy is very skilful. She’s a rising star and a lot of people here like her approach.” “She has a fantastic bedside manner with clients, and an incredible eye for detail. Also, in the nicest possible way, she can destroy someone in cross-examination.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
Band 1

‘A fantastic silk who is trusted by the court.’
The Legal 500 2015

Has gone from strength to strength since taking silk in 2011 and is particularly noted for her efforts in serious private law children cases, especially those concerning sexual abuse and parental alienation.

Expertise: “A great advocate. She manages clients’ expectations and achieves good results. She’s very focused, very organised – the all-round package.”
Chambers & Partners 2014

Catherine Wood QC has thrived since taking silk in 2011. One instructing solicitor said that “she is incredibly helpful and authoritative – she is my go-to person when I don’t know what I’m doing.” Wood specialises in private law children work, including Hague Convention cases.
Chambers & Partners 2013

Catherine Wood QC, who is “superb on every level, technically brilliant, relaxed and reassuring with clients.” She was regarded as “the best junior private children lawyer in the country,” and is expected to continue to impress in silk.
Chambers and Partners 2012

Recently appointed silk Catherine Wood QC is also highly recommended.
The Legal 500 2011

Catherine Wood handles private children work with an emphasis on contact and residence disputes. According to commentators “she has an assured manner with clients and an excellent instinct for the right approach in any given case.”
Chambers and Partners 2011
Band 1

Catherine Wood, a private law children expert who is “a determined opponent who is prepared to the nth degree.”
Chambers and Partners 2010
Band 1

Recommended as a Children Law Leading Junior
The Legal 500 2010

“A dogged opponent who is guaranteed to be well prepared,” Catherine Wood moves up the table this year after receiving a welter of positive feedback: “She is destined for the High Court Bench, she is that good.”  Peers laud Wood’s “ability to inspire real confidence,” noting that her “apparently laid-back style masks a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Chambers and Partners 2009

Catherine Wood who has ‘excellent instincts’ and ‘an assured touch with clients and judges alike’.
The Legal 500, 2009

“Calm and understated,” according to interviewees, Wood “does not add personal drama to already charged situations.” Matters in question include private law disputes over contact and residence, as well as public law disputes concerning neglect, abuse and the continuation of medical treatment.
Chambers & Partners 2008

“Effective, hard-hitting style” brings her a strong solicitor following. As one source mused: “It would be hard to find a more pleasant barrister to do your case well.”
Chambers & Partners 2007

Catherine Wood is ‘a children specialist with excellent instincts, and an assured touch with clients and judges alike’.
The Legal 500, 2008