Impressive advocate specialising in family law and Court of Protection cases.
‘She provides robust and appropriate advice when asked and will offer this at times without being forceful.’ Legal 500 2021 – ranked as a leading junior
‘Goes the extra mile for her clients.’ Legal 500 2020 – ranked as a leading junior
‘She has a really firm but fair approach. She’s brilliant with vulnerable clients. Kate is thorough in her preparation and is particularly skilled in managing clients expectations at all levels.’ Chambers and Partners 2020 – band 3
‘Very friendly and down to earth. She did a fantastic job.’ ‘Client focused and empathetic but strong and pragmatic with her advice. Her preparation is incredible.’ Chambers and Partners 2019 – band 3
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 and Partners 2018 – 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.’ Chambers and Partners 2017 – Up and Coming
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)  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 Family Finance 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.
- Care and Adoption (for parents and guardians)
- Private Law Children work
- Financial Remedy
- International/ Abduction/ Wrongful Retention
- Cohabitation Disputes
Court of Protection
- LLB (Hons.) University of Kent, Canterbury 2006
- Bar Vocational Course, BPP, London 2008
- FLBA (Family Law Bar Association)
- Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)
- Kate enjoys cooking, travelling and walking her beloved Border Collie.
Kate Kochnari – Stour Chambers, 8 Vernon Place, Canterbury, CT1 3HG
My registration number is: Z2140655
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I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. I may process the following client personal data:
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If you feel that your personal data has been, or is being, processed in an inappropriate manner; or you feel that your rights, as described above have been infringed, you may lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the UK’s supervisory authority regarding data protection matters and has a responsibility to act on complaints made to it. You may lodge a complaint by visiting the website below or calling the ICO’s helpline on 0303 123 1113.
This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020
Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.~ Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021