1 Garden Court

Katherine Dunseath

Year of Call: 2008

Practice Overview

Katherine specialises in finances arising out of divorce and private children matters. She has appeared in all levels of court in the UK.

She has a wide financial practice involving a range of issues including non matrimonial assets, applications to set aside / barder events. She has a particular expertise in applications to vary and/or discharge periodical payments.

She was junior counsel in the Supreme Court case of Mills [2018] UKSC 38.

Her private children practice encompasses all areas with a particular expertise in cases involving leave to remove either internally or internationally and child abduction.

She was shortlisted for Family Law Junior Barrister of the year at the Family Law Awards 2017.

  • What the directories say

    "Very knowledgeable." Diligent and personable." "She prepares thoroughly for cases and goes the extra mile." Chambers UK 2019

    ‘Her strength is her no-nonsense approach and impressive cross-examination skills. She is a fighter and is always totally committed to her client.’  Legal 500 2019

    ‘She has a forceful cross-examination style.’
    Legal 500 2017/Family and children law, Leading juniors

    'An expert in cases with an international element, who fiercely protects her clients interests with professionalism and congeniality.'
    Legal 500 2016/Family and children law, Leading juniors

  • Published Articles

    July/August 2017: with C. Lloyd-Smith: Parental Abduction within the UK (Issue 189 Resolution)

    March 2017: with F. Feehan QC: Varying maintenance: Mills, March [2017] Fam Law

    November 2016: with R. Harrison QC and S. Craddock: 'Should I stay or should I go? Where the clandestine removal of a child from the jurisdiction is not unlawful: LM v DR’ November [2016] Fam Law

    August 2016: with J. Chegwidden: 'A clear conclusion: religious circumcision for boys' August [2016]

    July 2016: 'Babies relinquished by foreign nationals: leading guidance': July [2016] Fam Law

  • Notable Cases

    Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

    Mills v Mills [2017] EWCA Civ 129

    In the matter of X, Y and Z (children) (Retrospective Leave to Remove from the Jurisdiction) [2016] EWHC 2439 (Fam)

    LM and DR (Return to Non-Convention Country) [2016] EWHC 1943 (Fam)

    Re L and B (Children) (Specific Issues: Temporary Leave to remove from the jurisdiction; circumcision) [2016] EWHC 849 (Fam)

    In the matter of JL and AO (Babies relinquished for adoption) [2016] EWHC 440 (Fam)

    Guerroudj v Rymarczyk [2015] EWCA Civ 743, [2015] All ER (D) 152 (Jul)

  • Interviews

    With Frank Feehan QC Maintenance payments as a gateway to independence (Mills v Mills) (28.02.2017) interview with LexisNexis

    With K. Taft: English court exercises jurisdiction in retrospective leave to remove case (Re: X, Y and Z) (25.10.2016) interview with LexisNexis

    With R. Harrison QC: Summary return and competing jurisdictions (11.08.16) interview with LexisNexis

    Court considers transfer of tenancy on separation (23.07.15) interview with LexisNexis Evidence and interim care orders (21.02.14) interview with LexisNexis