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Kathryn Cronin

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Kathryn Cronin

“She is down-to-earth, has unmatched client, drafting and advocacy skills and a wealth of knowledge.”

“She is amazing, and provides a unique service on the crossover between children’s law/adoption and immigration.”

Chambers UK Bar Guide

Family Law Awards 2016

What others say

“A go-to advocate for complex international adoption and surrogacy cases and any family placement where there is an immigration crossover. She is highly skilled and great with clients.”
Chambers UK 2017 (Family)

“Kathryn is exceptionally bright and academic, but also down-to-earth.” “Very approachable, a fantastic advert for the Bar in general.”
Chambers UK 2017 (Immigration)

“She has a great knowledge of the interplay between immigration and family law.”
Legal 500 2016

“She is down-to-earth, has unmatched client, drafting and advocacy skills and a wealth of knowledge.” “She is our go-to when we need an academic opinion on the law relating to adoption and surrogacy.”
Chambers UK 2016

“Great on the intersection between family law and immigration law.”
Legal 500 2015

“She is amazing, and provides a unique service on the crossover between children’s law/adoption and immigration. She is very busy but her work is of a really high standard.” “She’s tenacious; she never gives up and is a fearless advocate.”
Chambers UK 2015

“The obvious choice for international family cases with complex immigration issues.”
Legal 500 2014

Kathryn Cronin’s knowledge on the crossover between family and immigration is “invaluable.” She is the first choice for “complex family appeals” and “one of the few barristers you can instruct on international adoptions.” Capable of handling the full range of immigration work, she is “amazing all-round and as good as a barrister can be.” She is described as “calm, clear and loved by clients.”
Chambers UK 2014

“Particularly known for her work with vulnerable women and on cases where there are difficult family elements, including adoption and surrogacy. “She has an incredible ability to cross-fertilise immigration and family law, and is very useful on adoption cases”.
Chambers UK 2013

Practice

Immigration, asylum, nationality, children’s and family law. Kathryn has an extensive and varied immigration, asylum and family law practice and is ranked for immigration (Band 1) and family law in Chambers UK 2017.

She is known for her representation of vulnerable clients, in particular asylum and human rights cases involving women and children. She has considerable experience in cross-over areas where family or childcare cases involve associated issues on immigration status, or concerning immigration cases where there are family and childcare law and practice considerations. She regularly provides advice to parties, local authorities or guardians ad litem concerning the steps to be taken to resolve immigration problems whether for parents or for minors. She frequently advises in family proceedings concerning immigration and nationality issues as well as international adoptions, international surrogacy arrangements and transnational care and child placement arrangements. She has represented many persons trafficked for sexual or domestic labour purposes.

Background

Kathryn was an active member of Chambers from 1980 to 1989, and following varied legal experience in Australia, where she is admitted to practice, she returned to Chambers in June 2001.

In her first period at chambers from 1980 to 1989, Kathryn had an extensive practice in immigration, asylum and family matters. She was particularly involved in cases involving unaccompanied child refugees. She was the author of the handbook published by the Children’s Legal Centre entitled: Children: Immigration and Nationality and advised them generally on immigration and nationality issues concerning children.

From 1989 to 1996 Kathryn was associate professor in law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where she lectured and published on immigration, refugee and human rights law, and on children’s law issues. From 1989 to 1996 she was also general counsel to the Australian parliamentary committee on immigration and advised the committee and parliament on legislative and policy matters associated with immigration and refugee law, including on the legislative arrangements for the domestic violence and gay partner concessions in the immigration rules.

From 1996 to 2001, Kathryn was commissioner and then deputy president of the Australian Law Reform Commission and principal author of their reports on children in the legal process and on the working practices of the Australian federal and family courts and merits review tribunals, including the immigration and refugee review tribunals.

Publications and teaching

Kathryn was for many years the senior author of Butterworth’s Australian Immigration Law Service and the author of the entry on immigration, citizenship and refugee law in Halsbury’s Laws of Australia. She is a joint author of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice 6th, 7th and 8th editions. She has published extensively on immigration, refugee, human rights and children’s rights issues.

Kathryn has lectured widely on immigration, children’s law, refugee law and issues such as trafficking. She has undertaken training for lawyers, NGO’s and social workers on these issues. She is a founder member and adviser to the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project (ATLeP)

From 2001 – in addition to her practice at the Bar, Kathryn has continued her academic writing and training – including as a guest lecturer for the 2009 LSE masters programme Understanding Women’s Human Rights – for which she wrote the course paper -‘Women Victims – Criminal, Anti-Trafficking, Asylum and Immigration Law Arrangements’. In addition Kathryn has undertaken training for organizations as diverse as the Law Society, law firms, local authorities, NGOs, ILPA, Atlep, the Family Justice Council and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees. She is the author of numerous conference and training papers.

Notable Cases

X (Foreign Surrogacy: Child’s Name), Re [2016] EWHC 1068 (Fam)
International surrogacy – Kathryn represented the applicant.

Z, Re (Foreign Surrogacy: Allocation of Work: Guidance on Parental Order Reports) (Rev 1) [2015] EWFC 90
Kathryn acted for the applicants.

S v G (Relocation to Russia) [2015] EWFC 4
Relocation of child to Russia. Judgment in favour of the mother represented by Kathryn Cronin.

AB v CD (Foreign Surrogacy: Time Limit and Consent) [2015] EWFC 12 (13 February 2015)
Kathryn for the applicant.

RA & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (IJR) [2015] UKUT 242 (IAC)
Child refugees at risk of harm from their parents.

G, Re [2014] EWHC 2605 (Fam)
Recognition of adoption order made in Brazil. Judgment in favour of the applicants represented by Kathryn Cronin.

Hounga v Allen & Anor [2014] UKSC 47;  [2014] 1 WLR 2889
Kathryn was instructed for the intervener, Anti-Slavery International (ASI). A majority of the Supreme Court justices accepted ASI’s submissions that the defence of illegality should not apply to a trafficked victim bringing a claim against her trafficker.

Z & Z, Re [2013] EWHC 747 (Fam)
Adoptive parents seeking recognition of their overseas adoption.

R (a Child), Re [2012] EWHC 2956 (Fam)
Adoptive parents seeking recognition of their overseas adoption.

AA (unattended children) Afghanistan CG [2012] UKUT 16 (IAC)
Unaccompanied children at risk in conflict zones.

Z & Anor v C & Anor [2011] EWHC 3181 (Fam)
International surrogacy – Kathryn represented the applicant.

T (R on the app of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2010)
[2010] EWHC 435 (Admin)

R (BT and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2010)
[2010] EWHC 3572 (Admin)

EN (Serbia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2009)
[2009] EWCA Civ 630. Reported at Times, July 30 2009

X & Y (Foreign Surrogacy), Re(2008)
[2008] EWHC 3030 (Fam)

US (Nepal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2008)
[2008] EWCA Civ 1057

CM (Cameroon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2008)
[2008] EWCA Civ 125

Livingstone, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2008)
[2008] EWHC 2211

FB (Lone women, PSG, internal relocation, AA (Uganda) considered) Sierra Leone (2008)
[2008] UKAIT 00090

AM (Serbia) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2007)
[2007] EWCA Civ 16. Reported at [2007] INLR 211

FM (FGM) Sudan CG (2007)
[2007] UKAIT 00060 (27 June 2007)

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Fornah (2006)
[2006] UKHL 46. Reported at (2007) 1 AC 412.

N v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2006)
[2006] EWCA Civ 1166

Ahmadi & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2005)
[2005] EWCA Civ 1721

M v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2003)
[2003] EWCA Civ 146

B (Risk, Class, Midgan) Somalia (2002)
[2002] UKIAT 06753

MN (Risk, MDC) Zimbabwe (2002)
[2002] UKIAT 02246

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