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Portrait of Katherine Harding
Areas of expertise: Family law


Katherine is a senior associate in the family law team based in London. She acts for clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, financial disputes, private law children work and injunctive proceedings. Katherine has gained very considerable experience in complex international cases, with extensive work on numerous domestic cases.

She also has experience in cohabitation matters and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, exercising discretion and sensitivity in high profile cases. She has assisted on matters in the Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as matters which have settled collaboratively without the need for court intervention. Leading counsel has commented: 'Katie’s confidence, strategic vision and legal skills are outstanding, and far beyond her PQE. She has that rare ability to win the confidence of any client. Hard-working and tenacious, she really is a credit to the Penningtons Manches Cooper team.'

Katherine joined the family law team in September 2019 after completing her training contract with the firm. She is a member of Resolution and sits on its Working Together Committee. Katherine is also a member of the Association of International Junior Advocates (AIJA) and represented the firm at the annual conference in Singapore in August 2022.

Recent work highlights

  • Successfully represented an Anglo-Australian ultra-high-net-worth client in children proceedings concerning an international relocation.
  • Acted in a complex Anglo-Egyptian divorce involving unusual jurisdiction and factual issues.
  • Acting as the lead associate in several cases involving parallel criminal proceedings, and where there are allegations of serious abuse or controlling and coercive behaviour.

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