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Katie Taft
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Katie Taft

Partner, Solicitor & Mediator
Family Law , Fertility Law , LGBT+ Legal Advice , Mediation

My Approach

I provide clear advice and guidance that not only deals with the legal aspects of your case, but also takes into consideration the difficulties you face when dealing with family breakdown. I strive to minimize acrimony and costs by taking a proactive, pragmatic and sensible approach.

I am able to draw on my training as a mediator to work with you to settle matters by agreement, where possible. Where this is not possible, I am able to draw on my experience as a litigator to work with you to achieve the best outcome.

Areas of Expertise

  • All aspects of divorce and civil partnership dissolution
  • Financial disputes arising from relationship breakdown including disputes over property, pensions and maintenance
  • Disputes involving children including access, contact, choice of school, relocation and holidays
  • Emergency Applications to protect children e.g. preventing them from being taken abroad
  • Emergency Applications relating to Domestic Violence
  • Relocation of Children inside and outside of England
  • Child Abduction
  • Cohabitation Disputes between unmarried partners
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Mediation all of issues mentioned above

Recent Work Includes

  • Representing parents of abducted children in the High Court, Court of Appeal and United Kingdom Supreme Court. See reported cases - (Re C (Children)(Abduction: Rights of Custody)[2018] UKSC 8 (14 February 2018) and Re NY (A Child) [2019] UKSC 49
  • Representing a mother whose child had been abducted three years ago. An emergency application was issued and the child was found and returned to the mother within 6 weeks
  • Representing a client in financial proceedings involving a substantial buy to let property portfolio, tax issues and complex pension arrangements
  • Succesfully representing a client who wished to retain a lucrative family business post divorce
  • Representing a client who had been subjected to significant domestic violence in a dispute over access
  • Obtaining an Injunction against a violent ex partner to protect my client from further physical or emotional abuse
  • Successfully representing a number of clients in their application to move their child abroad, including in the Court of Appeal (Re F (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1364)
  • Representing a client whose partner failed to disclose significant assets in divorce and financial proceedings
  • Successfully representing a father in his application for the child to live with him
  • Acting both for and against parties with Narcissist traits and/or Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Acting for and against parties who lack mental capacity
  • Agreeing a complicated financial settlement by a series of round table meetings and negotiations which avoided Court proceedings
  • Mediating complicated arrangements for international access to children as well as several seemingly intractable financial disputes

Experience, Professional Associations and Qualifications

  • Qualified as a solicitor in October 2010
  • Became Partner of the firm in 2018
  • LLB Law Degree from the University of Southampton (2:1)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Bournemouth (Distinction)
  • Qualified Family Mediator with Resolution
  • Member of Resolution
  • Law Society Accredited Mediator
  • Resolution Accredited Specialist in Child Abduction and Children Law (Private)
  • Recognised as a Notable Practitioner in the Chambers & Partners UK guide 2020 for having 'good judgement' and being 'very good at handling clients'.
  • Recognised as an Up and Coming Lawyer in Chambers & Partners UK guide 2020.
  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer in The Legal 500 (UK 2020) for having 'expertise in matters concerning international child abduction and injunctions'.
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 (UK 2019)
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 (UK 2018)
  • Finalist in the Dorset Legal Awards for “Lawyer of the Year” 2018
  • The Legal 500 (UK 2017) describes Katie as ‘exceptionally bright’ and is ‘one to watch’ being considered as ‘a leading solicitor in the field of international children law’
  • Recognised as a 'Next Generation Lawyer' by The Legal 500 (UK 2017)
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Reviews
“I found both Katie and all staff involved in my case, to be highly professional and very knowledgeable.” Ms Barber