Katrina Hambleton

Katrina Hambleton

"As a result of her skilled and through approach the local authority’s plan for adoption was roundly rejected by the court and the children remain within the family. "

March 2019

"Her client focused approach greatly helped the clients cope with their first court experience."

March 2019

"I couldn’t have asked for anyone better”

2019

“Not only today at Court but with email correspondence and calls Katrina has been amazing. I really valued her knowledgeable input. Katrina’s professionalism was top notch. "

2019

“I would just like to say Katrina was brilliant, she instantly made me feel at ease and did everything she could for me”

2019

“I must add that it is my experience of working with Katrina that she is always well prepared to represent the Local Authority and is always clear, concise and respectful and I look forward to working with her again in the future”

Local Authority Team Manager 2018

“I was really impressed with how empathetic and understanding Katrina was as well as how much time she took to go through things with the client. Katrina made sure the client never felt abandoned and was always reassured`”

2018

“I am consistently impressed with Katrina’s attendance notes which are without fail detailed, concise and full and provided on the same day as the hearing”

Instructing Solicitor

“I’m really impressed with her manner and professionalism-she is so calm and measured and has prepared well to take over the case as such a late stage having a clear overview of the matter in hand. Katrina has excellent interpersonal skills where she can develop excellent Professional relationships with professionals and is kind and considerate to the families involved."

CAFCASS Officer

She made me feel at ease and understood my situation inside and out. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better”

2019

"Katrina is knowledgeable and offers a good level of guidance relating to the legal framework and is open minded and child focused. I have really enjoyed working with her”

CAFCASS Officer 2018

Practice Overview

 

Overview

Katrina is a sought after and highly regarded Children’s Family Practioner who specializes in both public and private work.

Katrina is a tenacious advocate who is meticulously prepared both in and out of Court and maintains close communication with instructing Solicitors.

Katrina has extensive experience in Public law proceedings having worked in house for a Local Authority for over 16 years and regularly represents Local Authorities, Parents, Grandparents, Interveners and Children’s Guardians.

Katrina has a strong reputation for her client care skills and ability to handle difficult or vulnerable clients with a friendly, empathetic and sensible approach.

Public Law

Katrina is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, Parents, Grandparents and Guardians in cases involving substance misuse, neglect, cognitive difficulties, capacity issues, sexual abuse, FGM and non-accidental injuries.

Katrina is experienced at dealing with cases involving long term foster care, adoption, special guardianship, residential placements, secure units, recovery orders and contested appeals and contested adoptions

Katrina is conversant in dealing with complex medical evidence and expert testimony.

Katrina regularly appears in both the Magistrates and County Court and is often instructed from the outset to conclusion of the case.

Noteworthy Cases include:

 

SCC v TB- This case involved a challenge by the Paternal Aunt and Uncle to the LA’s application for Placement Orders for 2 young children, one of whom they had a limited relationship with.

The LA, supported by the CG sought the making of Care and Placement Orders on the basis of a negative kinship assessment. This was vigorously challenged by the Aunt and Uncle. During the proceedings the CG changed her view and cautiously supported the Aunt and Uncle. The LA did not. The Court rejected the LA’s application and made a SGO in favour of the Aunt and Uncle.

Swindon CC v C-This case involved an application by the LA for a SGO in favour of the Maternal Grandmother. The Grandmother supported the LA as did the Mother.  The CG did not and favoured a plan for Adoption. The matter progressed to a fully contested hearing at which the LA were successful and a SGO was made to the MGM.

Private Law Children

Katrina is briefed on all aspects of private children law proceedings.

These include non-molestation injunctions, domestic and sexual abuse allegations, parental alienation, intractable contact disputes, internal and international relocation issues.

Katrina is known for her friendly, calm, honest approach and ability to put the client at ease in often highly emotive situations; whilst at the same time maintaining a professional tenacity towards her opponent, with a view to achieving the best outcome for her clients.

Court of Protection

Katrina has a growing interest in Court of Protection work and has represented Local Authority’s in DOLS applications.

Public Access

 

Public Access

Katrina is authorized to accept instructions on a direct access basis from members of the public, to advise in writing and conference and represent clients at Court.