About Katharine Landells

I am a partner in the family team at Withers. I deal with cases across the whole spectrum of family work. My clients are both domestic and international and I specialise in cases which have complex financial issues and international aspects. I have particular expertise in cases involving offshore assets and trusts. I also advise clients who are having to deal with contested children matters including international relocations. I am a collaboratively trained lawyer but I am a strong advocate of all alternatives to the traditional court process, if it is right for the client and the case.

Civil partnerships: time for the Government to decide which way to jump

The UK government has resisted making a decision on the future of civil partnerships but the Court of Appeal has now told the government that time is running out.  Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have campaigned since 2014 for a change in the law.  On 21 February 2017 the Court of Appeal refused to allow their application for a judicial review of the government’s decision not extend the civil partnership regime to opposite-sex couples.  To do so, the Court said, would be to micro-manage government policy and it was legitimate for the government to take time to make a proper assessment.  However, the Court of Appeal made it clear that it was their unanimous view that the bar constituted a potential violation of their human rights under Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) and Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention. Continue reading

Parental Alienation: Drastic Outcomes in Difficult Cases

Parental Alienation: Drastic Outcomes in Difficult CasesThe children of a mother who was ‘more like a friend than a parent’ were moved from living primarily with her to live with their father.  That is how The Times reported the case of RS v SS on 18 February 2014. The article focused on the children’s mother’s permissive parenting style; how she would head off to bed after school, leaving the children to watch television and play on their x-box.  Continue reading

Same sex marriage becomes law in England and Wales

Same sex marriage becomes law in England and WalesThe Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received royal assent on 17 July 2013. The government’s proposal to introduce same sex marriage caused controversy in some quarters but has been warmly received by many; the government publicising the change under the banner ‘Equal Marriage’. Continue reading