Katharine Landells


  • Education: Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, M.A. Jurisprudence
  • Admitted: England and Wales, 2004
  • Languages spoken: French
  • Year joined: 2002
  • Year became partner: 2013


Katharine has a breadth of experience across the whole spectrum of family work. She deals with both domestic and international clients and she has particular experience of cases where there are complex financial issues, including those involving forum disputes, offshore assets, and trusts. Katharine also advises clients in connection with contested children matters, including applications to relocate internationally, and she regularly drafts pre- and post-nuptial or civil partnership agreements.

Katharine is collaboratively trained but she is a strong advocate of all alternatives to the traditional court process, if it is right for the client and the case.

Katharine was named as a one of the Top Ten Rising Stars of Family Law in 2014 by Spears Magazine who write: 'A keen alpinist, Landells' grasp of legal topography is also impressive, nimbly hopping from theory to practice'.

Katharine is described by Legal 500 in 2014 as 'exceptional, and a true professional' and in 2015 as a 'standout individual' and 'unflappable'.

Clients have said they would have confidence in Katharine doing 'just about anything' but they particularly appreciate her 'constant and consistent professionalism' as well as her 'outstanding guidance and support'.


  • Katharine acted for the wife in X v X [2016] where she was successful in arguing that the husband's interest in a trust should be considered a resource of his.  The case also involved complex issues in respect of contribution, share valuation and non-matrimonial assets.
  • Katharine acted for the Husband in the Court of Appeal case Vaughan v Vaughan where the husband sought to terminate an order for maintenance payable to his former wife.
  • Katharine acted for the husband in the case of Charman v Charman, the leading case on trusts in the context of divorce and which case involved litigation in England and offshore.
  • Katharine acted for the husband in D v D (a case involving the nature of the recognition of an overseas divorce and the financial relief available in England).

Publications and speaking engagements

  • Co-author of Family Law's 'Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnerships the New Law'.
  • Co-author of Family Law's 'Civil Partnership the New Law'.
  • Contributor to Tolley's Administration of Trusts.
  • Contributor to Jordans 'A Practical Guide to International Family Law'.
  • Regular contributor to articles in the Legal Press.
  • Regular speaker at conferences and seminars.


Katharine is a member of Resolution.

On a personal note

Katharine is a trustee of the charity One Plus One, a UK charity that creates resources that strengthen relationships. Its work promotes early action in relationship support and aims to equip people with the skills and knowledge to work on relationship issues before they become entrenched.


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