Kate Symms

Family Law Barrister



I have dealt with the full range of private law cases from the straightforward to the most complex. I have been instructed in a number of cases with an international element, representing parents wishing to move with their children to another country and acting for parents hoping to oppose such a move. I have dealt with cases involving international child abduction and am very familiar with the operation of the Hague Convention.

Recent cases include:

J v J: I acted for a mother whose former partner had been convicted of manslaughter; I made a successful application for PII material relating to current police intelligence about him, leading to findings of fact against him.


A v K: this case invovled successful first instance and appellate hearings for a teacher whose work made providing full-time care impossible.


F v H: I appeared in a five-day hearing for mother who retained residence of her children despite having significant mental health issues.


D v D: I appeared in a lengthy hearing for a father who was alleged to have committed a number of "honour-based" violent and sexual attacks whilst the couple were at a wedding in Sri Lanka.


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Harrington Street Chambers
7 Harrington Street
L2 9YH

Email: kate.symms@7hs.co.uk
Telephone: 0151 242 0701

Chambers Web: www.7hs.co.uk
DX: 14221 Liverpool