Katharine is an experienced advocate who specialises in all aspects of private and public children's law. She has excellent client care skills and is very experienced in representing vulnerable clients. She is particularly skilled at giving sympathetic yet realistic advice.
Katharine is regularly instructed on behalf of parents, extended family members and children 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.
She has extensive experience in applications for child arrangements orders, special guardianship orders, specific issue orders, enforcement of orders and in intractable contact cases.
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
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.