Kate Symms

Family Law Barrister


Care Proceedings

In Children Act cases I act in public law for Local Authorities, Guardians and Parents (including those assisted by the Official Solicitor) in the most serious cases, and am especially used to dealing with cases involving abduction and complex psychological and psychiatric evidence.

My recent cases include:

LA v BF and others: an ongoing case involving a critically ill young boy, with competing parenting claims and substantial issues of fact relating to their ability to manage the intense and technical aspects of the child's care.


LA  v M: a ten day finding of fact hearing in which my client was exonerated in relation to all allegations of sexual abuse made against her.


LA v L: a case involving multi-jurisdictional issues where the mother wished to return the children to Madeira.


LA v H: a case involving a finding of fact hearing followed by substantial arguments about adoption and placement with a fundamental disagreement between the Guardian and the Local Authority.



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Email: kate.symms@7hs.co.uk
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