"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
What others say
“Her crossover knowledge and skills are second to none. She’s very imaginative, creative and knowledgeable, and a great choice for the most difficult cases regarding surrogacy and adoption.”
Chambers UK 2018 (Family)
“She is super-competent and succeeds in juggling many priorities. She communicates well with clients and adapts her courtroom style to be effective in front of an array of judges.” “Kathryn is exceptionally bright and academic, but also down-to-earth. She is the go-to barrister for complex matters requiring knowledge of both family and immigration law, including surrogacy and adoption.”
Chambers UK 2018 (Immigration)
“She is kind but tough as nails when required.”
Legal 500 2017 (Family)
“Unrivalled for complex child immigration cases.”
Legal 500 2017 (Immigration)
“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
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.
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.
W v The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1733 (Fam) (07 July 2017)
F v M & Anor  EWHC 949 (Fam) (26 April 2017)
N (A Child), Re  EWHC 3085 (Fam) (1 December 2016)
Medway Council v JL & Ors  EWFC 5 (10 November 2016)
HD (Trafficked women) Nigeria (CG)  UKUT 454 (IAC) (17 October 2016)
KB & RJ v RT (Rev 1)  EWHC 760 (Fam) (07 April 2016)
MS (Trafficking – Tribunal’s Powers – Art. 4 ECHR : Pakistan)  UKUT 226 (IAC) (23 March 2016)
AT and another (Article 8 ECHR – Child Refugee – Family Reunification : Eritrea)  UKUT 227 (IAC) (24 March 2016)
X (Foreign Surrogacy: Child’s Name), Re  EWHC 1068 (Fam)
Z, Re (Foreign Surrogacy: Allocation of Work : Guidance on Parental Order Reports) (Rev 1)  EWFC 90 (16 November 2015)
RA & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (IJR)  UKUT 242 (IAC) (30 March 2015)
AB v CD (Surrogacy: Time Limit and Consent)  EWFC 12 (13 February 2015)
S v G (Relocation to Russia)  EWFC 4 (14 January 2015)
Hounga v Allen & Anor  UKSC 47,  1 WLR 2889,  4 All ER 595
G, Re  EWHC 2605 (Fam) (29 July 2014)  1 FLR 1402
WT (A Child), Re  EWHC 1303 (Fam) (04 March 2014)
JS (Former unaccompanied child – durable solution) (Afghanistan)  UKUT 568 (IAC) (29 August 2013)
EK (Article 4 ECHR: Anti-Trafficking Convention) Tanzania  UKUT 313 (IAC) (19 June 2013 )
X (A Child), Re  EWHC 689 (Fam) 27 March 2013)
R (a Child), Re  EWHC 2956 (Fam) (24 October 2012);  1 FLR 1487
AA (unattended children) Afghanistan CG  UKUT 16 (IAC) (01 February 2012)
AA (Iraq), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 23 (24 January 2012)
Z & Anor v C & Anor  EWHC 3181 (Fam) (02 December 2011)
MA & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1446 (01 December 2011)
RT, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1792 (Admin) (13 July 2011)
NXT, R (on the application of) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 969 (Admin) (15 April 2011)
T & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3572 (Admin) (21 December 2010)
EN (Serbia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor  EWCA Civ 630 (26 June 2009)  1 QB 633,  3 WLR 182
US (Nepal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1057 (10 September 2008)
AM (Serbia) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 16 (25 January 2007)
Secretary of State for the Home Department v. K  UKHL 46 (18 October 2006)  3 WLR 733,  1 AC 412.
Ahmadi & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1721 (12 December 2005)