Katherine MacDonald

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Katherine MacDonald

“I instruct Katherine on private law children matters. She is approachable, knowledgeable and provides incredibly easy to understand and pragmatic advice to clients.

Instructing Solicitor 2021

I regularly instruct Katherine in public law cases, knowing that she will prepare thoroughly for any hearing whether it is straightforward or complex.

Instructing Solicitor 2021

One of her key skills is her ability to negotiate and reach a compromise with other parties before hearings so that time in Court is focused only on the key and crucial issues in a case.

Instructing Solicitor 2021

Katherine is a very able advocate; she provides excellent representation and updates following hearings and is very popular with our professional client department.

Instructing Solicitor 2021

"She was able to ‘crack’ a difficult case where other counsel had failed. I would trust Katherine with my most challenging matters and I would therefore have absolutely no hesitation recommending her”.

Instructing Solicitor 2021

I would have no hesitation in recommending her to local authority colleagues.

Instructing Solicitor 2021

'Despite being given the instruction on such short notice, Katherine was well-prepared and extremely personable. She went over and above to ensure the desired outcome was achieved.'

Instructing Solicitor 2019

"Katherine has a great attention to detail with her work and is always willing to assist where she is able to."

Instructing Solicitor

"Always fully prepared for any eventuality and argues coherently and clearly for her client both in negotiations and in Court hearings."

Instructing Solicitor

Practice Overview

Katherine is a specialist family public and private law barrister. She is recognised for her compassionate and calm approach to her cases and is committed to making the Court process as stress free as possible for her professional and lay clients.

Katherine joined Pallant Chambers in 2015 over the last 6 years her practice has continued to grow with an impressive case load and consistent client portfolio. She represents all parties, including separately represented children, at all stages of public law proceedings. Katherine has acted as junior counsel in a number of High Court cases involving allegations of significant harm where a child’s life has been endangered, fabricated, factitious or induced illnesses and infant death. She has also appeared in High Court matters as sole counsel. Her involvement in such complex and large scale cases has further strengthened and broadened her ability to advocate for a wide-ranging client base and any differing needs they may have.

Within her private law children work, Katherine, on a regular basis, represents parents and Guardians. She can be depended upon to provide both considered and pragmatic advice, in order to achieve a positive resolution for her clients, and also to act persuasively and confidently in the courtroom for matters which are contested.

Children (Public Law)

Within her public law work, Katherine represents any party throughout proceedings and is regularly providing representation at final hearings for both Local Authorities and parents. Katherine has acted for parents in proceedings where they have faced allegations of causing non-accidental injuries to a child and also for clients who have had difficulty in providing instructions and understanding legal advice, ensuring that they are able to engage with proceedings.

Katherine has been junior counsel on two separate High Court matters representing a Local Authority in cases involving fabricated or induced illness.

Recent reported work:

X (A Child), Re [2019] EWFC B57 – Led by Dylan Morgan on an 18 day combined fact finding and welfare hearing within care proceedings in the High Court involving a child whose sibling had died whilst in their parents’ care. Both children had been subject to previous care proceedings before being returned to the care of their parents. The deceased child had suffered a suspected fracture of the femur in the previous proceedings which was found to have been an x-ray artefact. In these proceedings there was a preliminary issue over whether the child’s body could be preserved and the fracture site examined.  In these proceedings the deceased child had a number of injuries though no cause of death had been ascertained through post-mortem investigations. The hearing involved the evidence of three medical experts in the care proceedings and three pathologists from the Police investigation.

 

Children (Private Law)

Katherine undertakes work for parents throughout all stages of the private law process, regularly appearing for both applicants and respondents.

Domestic Violence Injunctions

Complimenting her earlier experience, Katherine accepts instructions for family injunctive work and is able to handle all matters with a sensitive and professional approach.