Katharine Landells

Partner | London

Katharine is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She is a lateral thinker who puts solutions at the heart of her approach. No stranger to big ticket litigation, with several reported cases to her name, her experience fighting tough cases is put to good use for all of her clients who need clear advice and well defined strategy. Recognised for her abundance of energy and her focus on building strong relationships, Katharine’s client service is second to none. She combines a sharp eye for detail with a big picture view, keeping her clients’ objectives in mind.

Her experience ranges across the whole family law spectrum but she has a track record of dealing with cases involving complex asset structures, privately held businesses, and trusts, often where there is also an international dynamic. She also has significant expertise in cases concerning the international relocation of children and highly contested contact arrangements.

Although she’s always prepared to take the gloves off when necessary, Katharine is a negotiator and a pragmatist and will settle cases where possible. She is collaboratively trained and is a strong advocate of all alternatives to the traditional court process, where it is right for the client and the case.

Katharine has been recommended in both Spears and Legal 500 since 2014 and she appears in Chambers and Partners 2018 as an Up and Coming individual. Described as "exceptional, and a true professional", Katharine is considered one of the "standout" individuals. In 2017, Katharine was top recommended in Spears’ Top 50 family lawyers as combining a "love of detail with an ability to empathise with her client" and credited in Legal 500 2017 as ‘fiendishly bright’, fighting ‘her client’s corner hard but with elegance and style’. Chambers and Partners 2018 describes her as "a real powerhouse," highlighting her "intelligent, sharp and emotionally intelligent" approach.

Secretary Emma Davidson

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Kate Landells ran my divorce, which was an extremely complicated and difficult case. I couldn’t possibly recommend her more highly. Her attention to detail, determination and drive are second to none. To add to that, she has an extremely approachable honest and kind way about her. Kate is without doubt an outstanding partner and asset to Withers.

Belinda Steiner
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Kate and Richard handled my divorce with unparalleled professionalism, integrity and attention to detail. They kept me calm and resolute throughout the process, encouraging me to focus on the bigger picture. Their warmth, empathy and humour made the difficult process of divorce much more palatable. I am extremely grateful for the professional, attentive yet personal way they handled my case.

Danusha Singhvi - self employed business woman
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As a former lawyer I am something of a connoisseur of legal services. I have been extraordinarily pleased with the quality of advice, encompassing both technical knowledge and good judgement.

Mark Slaughter
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Kate has a brilliant skill set, bringing an empathetic tone to all our dealings, while at the same time being very clear and concise about what needed to happen practically. I felt assured that my wellbeing and a good and fair financial outcome was very important to her. I could not recommend her highly enough.

Wife of a senior global executive
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Katharine Landells as ‘a real powerhouse,’ highlighting her ‘intelligent, sharp and emotionally intelligent’ approach.

Chambers UK 2018, London
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The ‘fiendishly bright’ Katharine Landells ‘fights her client’s corner hard but with elegance and style, always looking for a sensible way through things’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

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Katharine represented the wife in Christoforou v Christoforou [2016], a case involving complicated issues surrounding onshore and offshore property owning companies, including the beneficial ownership of the shares in those companies, the categorization of assets as marital or non-marital, and the assessment and treatment of potential tax liabilities. The wife was awarded an equal division of the assets and a proportion of her costs to be paid by her husband.

Acting for the wife in X v X [2016], Katharine 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 case of Charman v Charman, the leading case on trusts in the context of divorce and which case involved litigation in England and offshore. The court also recognised Mr Charman’s special contribution resulting in a 63/37% division in Mr Charman’s favour.

England and Wales, 2004

‘Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnerships the New Law’, Family Law, co-author

‘Civil Partnership the New Law’, Family Law, co-author

Tolley’s Administration of Trusts, contributor

Resolution

Me in a minute

I am a strong believer in the power of good communication

I am a strong believer in the power of good communication. A good lawyer needs to be able to deliver a message effectively. Communication is key to my relationships with my clients and other professionals. It enables me to deliver advice that makes sense and to achieve solutions that meet my clients’ objectives.

Communication being such a passion of mine, I was delighted last year to be appointed to the board of trustees of the charity One Plus One. One Plus One aims to strengthen relationships by creating resources to help families and front line workers tackle relationship issues early on. Based on the latest research evidence, their work promotes early action in relationship support. They equip people with the skills and knowledge to work on relationship issues before they become entrenched. They also provide support for couples who are separating. Being involved with a charity concerned wholly with supporting relationships has given me a brand new perspective. Looking at relationships from the other end of the telescope not only helps me to think about how I do my job but enables me to use some of my experience to help One Plus One do theirs.

Education


Languages


  • English

Dates


Joined

2002
Partner

2013

Recognition


London

16 Old Bailey,

EC4M 7EG

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