Katherine Henry


Date of Call: 2008

What others say

Particularly skilled with difficult Children Act cases
Legal 500
I always know that I am going to get exceptional service every time I instruct Katie. She is very approachable and her attention to detail is second to none. Her attendance notes are always sent through properly and are very clear and informative. I know that all my clients are in safe hands when Katie is there to represent them
Lin Cumberlin, Parker Bullen
Katie is approachable and has an attention to detail offering an expert, client focused service. I would highly recommend.
Helen Clarkson Dutton Gregory
I have been very impressed with Katie since my first instruction. She is knowledgeable but not intimidating, sympathetic but objective, looking for practical resolution but also a skilled advocate. Client’s like, trust and respect Katie and her service to her instructing solicitors is impeccable. She is clearly one to watch.
Vicki Rawlins, Eric Robinsons
Katherine is professional, fiercely bright and an excellent advocate. She is a force to be reckoned with.
Tamara Rundle, Business Immigration Solicitor Consultant
Katie is an extremely calm, determined barrister who constantly delivers. She understands her clients' needs and is a tireless worker.
Lindsay Halliwell, Steele Raymond
Katie has been a fantastic support from the moment she became involved in my client's case. Her straightforward and practical approach has enabled a great deal of progress to be made. Katie has been willing to offer advice between hearings when the circumstances have required it and my client has been particularly impressed by her commitment. I would not hesitate to instruct Katie again and have recommended her to colleagues and contemporaries
Laura Bennett, Blake Morgan
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Katie was educated at Ribston Hall High School in Gloucestershire, before beginning her legal education at Cardiff University. Following completion of her degree, Katie commenced her Bar Vocational Course and was graded as Outstanding.

In 2016, Katie was awarded a grant by the FLBA to attend the ABA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

In 2017, Katie was invited to speak at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin on issues of access to justice.

In 2019, Katie was appointed as a Deputy District Judge, sitting on the Western Circuit.

In 2021, Katie will be speaking at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Singapore on issues of parental alienation.


Family: Care & Children

Contact and Residence disputes under the Children Act 1989

Katie is a specialist children barrister and was recognised in Legal 500 as being “particularly skilled with difficult Children Act cases”. Katie has extensive experience in all aspects of private law ranging from matters of relocation, domestic abuse, child arrangement orders, prohibited steps orders, specific issue orders and enforcement.

Katie has vast experience in dealing with matters from the initial stage, through to fact find hearings, contested hearings and appeal hearings. Katie has regularly acted in cases involving implacable hostility and parental alienation. She accepts instructions from parents, grandparents and r 16.4 guardians.

Domestic violence & injunctions

Katie has considerable experience in injunctive proceedings under the Family Law Act 1996, dealing with both ex parte and on notice applications. Katie has represented and defended in non-molestation matters and occupation orders.

Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings

Katie has vast experience in public law matters representing parties in all aspects of care proceedings. She has undertaken cases involving issues of neglect, mental health, substance abuse, non- accidental injury and sexual abuse. Katie has a particular passion for representing vulnerable parents and children, having undertaken vulnerable witness training with Middle Temple in London.

Chancery and Commercial

Traditional Chancery

Court of Protection

Katherine has a growing Court of Protection practice and is able to deal sensitively and expertly with cases involving parents with learning difficulties or capacity issues. Katherine has experience of cases involving appointment/removal of deputies, personal welfare and financial matters.

No 18 Resolution

Remote: Private Dispute Resolution (Children Disputes)

Private FDR/Early Neutral Evaluation

Merits, Advice, Drafting And Support Package:


  • Cardiff University LLB Hons
  • Cardiff University BVC Outstanding


  • Resolution
  • Western Circuit
  • FLBA


  • International Development Grant (2016)


  • Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit (2019)

  • Hampshire YRes Committee (2016-2018)

Publications / Seminars

  • FLBA Family Affairs Winter 2016
  • FLBA Family Affairs Winter 2017
  • World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights Dublin 2017
  • World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights Singapore 2021

Personal Info

Katie has an interest in sport, travel and music. Katie is an avid rugby supporter and tries to watch as many live England and Gloucester Rugby games as possible.