Kate regularly represents parents, intervenors, children and Local Authorities in the Family Court and High Court across a range of public and private law applications including care and adoption proceedings, applications under the inherent jurisdiction, applications for protective orders and in respect of relinquishment / notification.
She has particular experience representing clients in cases of involving criminal and sexual exploitation of young people with complex emotional trauma and associated applications for recovery, secure accommodation and deprivation of liberty orders.
Kate also acts for parties in fact findings in relation to a wide range of issues from inflicted injury and sexual abuse to litigation capacity issues. She also represents Local Authorities in proceedings for judicial review of their age assessment decisions.
Kate appreciates the profound significance of these proceedings to the lives of those involved in them and believes that they often require an advocate that is willing to go the extra mile.
Kate has recently given talks to Local Authority and Children Panel Solicitors and Police Forces about secure accommodation and the Serious Case Reviews in cases involving criminal exploitation and “County Lines”.
Notable Family Law cases
A Local Authority v JK v W 
Kate appeared on behalf of the applicant Local Authority in an application under the inherent jurisdiction and r14.21 in respect of notification to family and the putative father prior to placement of the child for adoption were the child had been relinquished.
A Local Authority v M v S 
Kate represented the Local Authority in applications for Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Orders in respect of 2 young children. The Court made the orders sought supported by worldwide travel bans.
A Local Authority v B 
Kate represented a Local Authority in protected and complex care proceedings that involved fact finding in relation to on-going criminality throughout the family network and inter-sibling sexual abuse. Welfare issues were equally complicated by the older children repeatedly absconding and being suspected of involvement in serious criminal activity.
A Local Authority v M 
Kate represented a vulnerable parent in care proceedings issued just before covid restrictions came into force. At a final hearing that took place over 10 days we argued that restrictions had had a significant impact on services and support provided and therefore on the progress that they were able to make to address the Local Authority concerns.