Members of Chambers

Kate Kochnari

Called: 2008

Kate Kochnari

Practice Profile

Chambers UK, 2018 rank Kate as 'Up and coming'

Acts exclusively in family law and Court of Protection matters. She specialises in care and adoption proceedings, cohabitation disputes and financial remedy, and is particularly praised for her impeccable client care and communication.

"She is pragmatic, robust and client-focused." "She is well liked and works well in a team. Her preparation skills are excellent."

Chambers UK, 2017 rank Kate as 'Up and coming'

"She has a very nice manner with parents and very good experience of dealing with children and guardians. She is approachable, good with written work and always keeps you up to date."

Kate joined Chambers after successfully completing her pupillage in 2009.

Her area of practice encompasses Family Law and Court of Protection work. Kate’s conscientious and tenacious approach has led to a swift progression in the complexity of cases she is instructed on.

Kate’s aptitude to fearlessly promote and protect her client’s interests was acknowledged in the Court of Appeal by Lord Justice McFarlane who commented in W-J (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 788  ‘In the course of the robust and constructive representation that the mother had at the hearing provided by Ms Kochnari’.

In Care Proceedings, Kate regularly receives instructions from parents, Guardians and other family members and has been instructed in complex multi-day fact finding hearings and final hearings. She often represents vulnerable and learning-disabled clients, including receiving instructions from the Official Solicitor. Kate has represented parents in alleged non-accidental injury cases and cases involving allegations of sexual abuse.

Kate is regularly instructed in Financial Remedy proceedings and has experience in dealing with matters involving interveners, international property and maintenance pending suit claims.

In Private Law matters and Family Law Act cases, Kate has experience in matters involving serious allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse/ grooming, neglect and parents dealing with Mental Health difficulties.

Lay clients always report positively in respect of Kate’s approach to cases given her warm personality, attention to client care and ability to give robust and realistic advice when required.

Kate is available to deliver training / CPD seminars and is able to accept instructions direct from the public under the Direct Access Scheme.

Specialist Practice Areas

Family

  • Care and Adoption (for parents and guardians)
  • Private Law Children work
  • Financial Remedy
  • Injunctions
  • International/ Abduction/ Wrongful Retention
  • Cohabitation Disputes

Court Of Protection

Notable Cases

Education

  • LLB (Hons.) University of Kent, Canterbury 2006
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP, London 2008

Professional Memberships

  • FLBA (Family Law Bar Association)
  • Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)

Hobbies and other interests

Kate enjoys cooking, travelling and walking her beloved Border Collie.