Katherine Cook

Call
2007

"Punching above her year of call, she is brilliant in terms of her preparation, has both fabulous in-depth legal knowledge and great client management skills, and is great at drafting."

Chambers and Partners

Practice

Katherine is ranked as a leading junior barrister by the legal directories where she is described as “punching above her year of call” and “brilliant” (Chambers and Partners 2018).

Her practice covers all areas of private family law, with a focus on complex financial remedy work. She is “particularly noted for having a matrimonial finance practice that consists of high-value divorce and nuptial agreement proceedings. Her clientele is international, with notable work being done in South Africa, the Cayman Islands, the UAE and Gibraltar” (Chambers and Partners 2019).

Applauded as having “fabulous in-depth legal knowledge and great client management skills” and being “great at drafting” (Chambers and Partners 2018), Katherine has established herself as a busy and popular junior. Alongside her own thriving practice, she is regularly led by silks in cases involving substantial assets and/or and complex issues such as valuations, non-disclosure of assets, and assets held off-shore (and/or within company or trust structures). "She is supportive with more vulnerable clients, and very proactive. Adaptable in her approach and good on jurisdictional issues" (Chambers and Partners 2019).

Katherine is “definitely the right person to go to when you’re trying to settle” and “very calm under pressure” (Chambers and Partners 2017). Whilst a number of cases which she has appeared in have attracted attention in the legal and national press, many have been settled discreetly and favourably.

 

  • Financial remedy proceedings
  • Relationship agreements
  • Cohabitation claims
  • Financial provision and arrangements for children
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Applications in the Court of Protection
  • Press exclusion and reporting restrictions in the Family Court
  • Jurisdiction disputes

Katherine is a family law contributor to uk.practicallaw.com and authored the chapters on jurisdiction in the latest edition of Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters (the leading family law practitioners’ text). She also lectures widely both in-house and for legal training providers.

FLBA

Katherine read Jurisprudence at Christ Church, University of Oxford and subsequently received an LLM from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

Katherine was an Exhibitioner during her time at Oxford and received the University Prize for the best performance in Legal History Finals.

Katherine was called to the bar in 2007. She was awarded the Levitt Scholarship (Pupillage scholarship) and Lord Denning Scholarship (Major BVC scholarship) by Lincoln’s Inn and in 2012 Katherine undertook a Pegasus Scholarship in Washington DC.

“An all-round family barrister who is particularly noted for having a matrimonial finance practice that consists of high-value divorce and nuptial agreement proceedings. Her clientele is international, with notable work being done in South Africa, the Cayman Islands, the UAE and Gibraltar. She regularly earns instructions from some of the most prominent firms in the area. "She is supportive with more vulnerable clients, and very proactive. Adaptable in her approach and good on jurisdictional issues." Chambers and Partners 2019

"Punching above her year of call, she is brilliant in terms of her preparation, has both fabulous in-depth legal knowledge and great client management skills, and is great at drafting."  Chambers and Partners 2018

"definitely the right person to go to when you're trying to settle" " very calm under pressure"  Chambers and Partners 2017

Katherine is married and lives in London. She enjoys skiing and travel, and is a conversational Spanish speaker.