‘She is equally at home with a fiercely direct style as with the “iron hand in a velvet glove” approach.’
Legal 500, 2016


Year of Call: 1985
Year of Silk: 2006


LLB (Soton)




Kate specialises in serious and complex children cases both public and private law. In particular, Kate specialises in cases involving serious physical/fatal injuries to children; fabricated/induced illness behaviour; sexual abuse (including fabricated allegations and ‘false memory’); serious domestic violence; disabled parents, in particular parents with learning difficulties and serious psychiatric/psychological difficulties; intractable contact disputes and leave to remove.

For 18 years Kate was based on the Western Circuit practising in all areas of family law, in particular specialising in public law work for local authorities, parents and guardians and private client work, but also undertaking serious domestic and violent crime for both prosecution and defence.

Since moving to 4PB in 2002 and in particular since taking Silk in 2006, Kate has maintained her practice across all aspects of children law whilst developing a particular interest in cases involving non-accidental injury (including fatal injuries), neglect and FII behaviour.  Kate’s cases frequently involve jurisdictional, religious and ethnic dimensions and she has developed a particular expertise in representing parents with physical and learning disabilities and serious psychiatric and psychological problems.

Kate also has a significant private law practice, having undertaken a number of important specific issue applications together with intractable contact disputes and application for leave to remove.

Kate has maintained her links with the Western Circuit, regularly presenting lectures for solicitors in-house, Resolutions and other organisations with an interest in issues relating to children law.  Kate has a long-standing relationship with the Roberts Centre in Hampshire which provides family support services and staff and venues for short and long-term observed, supported and supervised contact and is a voluntary speaker for the Children’s Society.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Western Circuit
Inner Temple
Wessex Family Law Bar Association
FLBA Committee – 2011
FLBA Fees Sub-Committee – 2011
FLBA Training, Diversity and Social Mobility Sub-Committee – 2011


‘A consummate professional who combines a razor-sharp intellect with a graceful, sensitive and kind manner. She has a natural ability to put her lay clients at ease.’
Legal 500, 2022 

‘Is an exceptional barrister. She is always very well prepared with every page at her fingertips, and her meticulous advocacy is outstanding.’
Legal 500, 2021

‘Kate is just a class act – from forensically detailed cross examination of expert medical witnesses to intuitive, empathetic exploration with a vulnerable witness, she can turn her hand to anything. ’
Legal 500, 2023

‘Unflappable when under even extreme pressure.’
Legal 500, 2020

‘Her humanity and warmth shine through in her client care.’
Legal 500, 2019

‘A true pleasure to work with.’
Legal 500, 2017

‘She is equally at home with a fiercely direct style as with the “iron hand in velvet glove” approach.’
Legal 500, 2016

‘A well-prepared, perceptive and persuasive advocate’
Legal 500, 2015

An extremely knowledgeable and thorough advocate.’
Legal 500, 2014

Recommended as a Leading Silk in the area of Children Law
Legal 500, 2013

Recommended as a Leading Silk in the area of Children Law
Legal 500, 2012

[2019] EWHC 612 (Fam)
[2015] EWCA Civ 162-1
[2014] EWHC 369 (fam)
[2014] EWCA Civ 875
[2011] EWCA Civ 1034
[2010] 2 FLR 1455 : [2010] Fam Law 1053 : [2010] EWCA Civ 826
[2010] UKSC 12
[2009] EWCA Civ 1385 : [2010] Fam Law 452
[2010] 2 FLR 188 : [2010] Fam Law 132 : (2009) 106(34) LSG 16 : [2009] EWCA Civ 1239
[2006] 1 FLR 856
[1996] 1 FLR 414