Kate Hughes

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Kate Hughes

Practice Overview

Kate Hughes is a member of our Family@30 team and joined chambers in 2001 after 10 years practising in Swansea.

Kate has a strong child care practice, mainly representing local authorities in complex care cases but also acting for guardians, parents and prospective adopters. She regularly undertakes work which involves appearing against Queen's Counsel.  

She also appears in applications for financial remedy involving substantial assets and provides lectures and seminars on aspects of financial relief.

In addition, Kate conducts education tribunals and carries out mental health work.

Notable and Reported cases

  • Re J 2003 1 FLR 114.
    • Application for residence order - grandmother rejected as potential carer;
  • Re T and A (Children) 2000 1 FLR 859.
    • Conflict of interest - risk of disclosure of confidential information as Guardian's solicitor had previously acted for other party in criminal proceedings;
  • Re R 1998 2 FLR 390.
    • Local Authority applying for care/long-term fostering as mother incapable of caring for baby in foreseeable future - justification for adjournment for consideration of maintaining contact.
  • Child Care

    All types of alleged non-accidental injury:

    • Sexual abuse
    • Severe neglect
    • Murder of mother by father
    • Salt Poisoning
    • Shaken Baby cases
    • Death of a child
    • International abduction, Hague Convention and Brussels II
    • Applications to remove a child from jurisdiction
    • Female circumcision
    • Factitious Illness syndrome
    • Policy advice to local authorities in respect of Special Guardianship provisions.
  • Bridgend County Borough Council v GM and Another [2012] EWHC 3118 (Fam)

    Child abduction. Mother fled to Spain with child in utero. Whether mother and child were habitually resident in UK.

  • Recommendations
    • 'She is consistently excellent and a reassuring presence for the client.' (Chambers UK, 2018)

    • An experienced advocate with a strong childcare practice, who also takes on financial remedy matters. She frequently represents local authorities but also has experience acting for guardians, parents and prospective adopters in complex care cases. Strengths: "I find her very professional, she always knows her case well and is an excellent advocate." (Chambers UK 2017)

    • 'A high-quality junior who is able to handle the most complex care cases, acting for local authorities, children or parents in an array of proceedings involving non-accidental injury or sexual abuse allegations. She also advises on financial relief applications.' "She is calm, client-friendly and very sharp." "She goes the extra mile. Clients feel very comfortable with her and she gets them where she needs to be." (Chambers UK 2016)
    • Kate Hughes offers “down to earth and pragmatic advice”’ (Legal 500 2010)
    • 'Recommended juniors include Kate Hughes and Mark Allen for children’s cases...' '...a strong senior junior' (Legal 500 2007)
  • Education & Qualification
    • Kent School, Connecticut - English Speaking Union Scholarship
    • Bristol University LL.B Hons
    • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Memberships
    • Family Law Bar Association