Fenners Chambers | 3 Madingley Road | Cambridge | Cambridgeshire CB3 0EE | United Kingdom

Fenners Chambers | 3 Madingley Road | Cambridge | Cambridgeshire CB3 0EE | United Kingdom.

Fenners Chambers | 3 Madingley Road | Cambridge | Cambridgeshire CB3 0EE | United Kingdom.

Katharine Bundell
Called to the Bar in 1991

Katharine practised in Middle Temple for the early years of her career at the Bar before moving to live and work in East Anglia over 15 years ago.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Financial Remedy
  • Private Law children work
  • Trusts of land

Katharine takes on heavyweight financial remedy work involving various company structures, trusts, jurisdiction conflicts and foreign issues.

Her initial grounding in London in real property and general civil work equips her for the Trusts of Land matters.

She has been undertaking children work for over 20 years, and has a wide experience of issues surrounding alienation, high conflict cases, domestic abuse and same sex relationships.

Katharine undertakes instruction from solicitors from far and wide and is willing to travel.

Katharine undertakes Direct Access work for members of the public who do not have a solicitor. She can receive documents electronically and arrange conferences through Skype, Facetime or Zoom.

Katharine can undertake and advise on creative solutions to your case such as round table conferences, representation at mediation or binding family arbitration.

Katharine lectures and provides seminars for many local solicitors and other groups on forthcoming legal changes and legal updates; she is involved with the University of East Anglia and University of Cambridge judging moots, mentoring and supporting undergraduate students.

In June 2021 Katharine is chairing a virtual conference on Private Children Law for MBL – the leading learning & development provider for professional law services firms.
Further details of the event can be found here.

PUBLICATIONS

Katharine has published a book called “A Practical Guide to Financial Provision for Children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.” This is a practical guide for family practitioners comfortable with financial remedy work.This book takes you through the procedural steps of running or defending such an application, from the form filling and pleadings to evidence gathering and framing a final order. It sets out the legal context in detail and highlights supporting case law, both totem cases and recent cases, big money and modest asset and debt cases. Buy the book here.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Pluck v Pluck [2007] All ER (D) 367 (Oct): committal to prison of party with learning disability for disobedience of court order

Smith v Cooper [2010] EWCA Civ 722: Trusts of Land matter involving undue influence, what happens when transaction set aside, party represented by Official Solicitor

Re W [2009] EWCA Civ 160: Permission to remove children from jurisdiction to live with extended family refused, in the context of a history of parental conflict.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Katharine has a South Eastern Ranking in Chambers & Partners and is listed in the Legal 500

Her current Chambers and Partners 2018 reviews:

Exceptional with clients, technically gifted and very persuasive

She provides structured advice and sound advocacy

A favourite in the region, highly praised for her manner with clients. She continues to practise in all areas of family law.

Recommended for a wide range of family law matters
Legal 500 2017

She is particularly strong in financial remedy, trusts of land and public law children cases
Legal 500 2015

Katharine, we are delighted to have met you and thoroughly enjoyed listening to your webinar sessions. Your presentation skills are exceptional, engaging and your passion and expertise are clearly visible. It has been a wonderful experience to work with you.
For Media Group (FMG)

Expertise:

Persuasive, honest and prepared to go the extra mile for clients.

Recent work:

She has recently acted on a number of complex financial proceedings and sensitive children matters.

She’s extremely thorough and diligent. She’s a good advocate and a good negotiator, and she’s very good with clients.
Chambers and Partners 2015

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Financial Remedy
  • Private Law children work
  • Trusts of land

HER WORK

Katharine has been undertaking children work for over 20 years.

Katharine undertakes instruction from solicitors from far and wide and is willing to travel.

Katharine undertakes Direct Access work for members of the public who do not have a solicitor. She can receive documents electronically and engage in conferences through Skype, Facetime or Zoom.

Katharine can undertake and advise on creative solutions to your case such as round table conferences, representation at mediation or binding family arbitration.

Katharine lectures and provides seminars for many local solicitors and other groups on forthcoming legal changes and legal updates; she is involved with the University of East Anglia and University of Cambridge judging moots, mentoring and supporting undergraduate students and is a trustee of the Norfolk Youth Orchestra.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

She is particularly strong in financial remedy, trusts of land and public law children cases
Legal 500 2015

Chambers and Partners 2013 and 2014 gives her a South Eastern ranking and reviews her as follows:

A favourite in the region, highly praised for her manner with clients. She continues to practise in all areas of family law.

Expertise:

Persuasive, honest and prepared to go the extra mile for clients.

Recent work:

She has recently acted on a number of complex financial proceedings and sensitive children matters.

Chambers and Partners 2015 reviews her as follows:

She’s extremely thorough and diligent. She’s a good advocate and a good negotiator, and she’s very good with clients.

Katharine is also listed in the Legal 500.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Pluck v Pluck [2007] All ER (D) 367 (Oct): committal to prison of party with learning disability for disobedience of court order

Smith v Cooper [2010] EWCA Civ 722: Trusts of Land matter involving undue influence and party represented by Official Solicitor

Re W [2009] EWCA Civ 160: Permission to remove form jurisdiction refused

QUALIFICATIONS

MEMBER

  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the financial remedies sub committee of the Family Law Bar Association