Katharine Landells

Partner | London

Katharine is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She has an abundance of energy, which drives her efficient and effective practice. She is a lateral thinker who puts solutions at the heart of her approach. Her client service is second to none and she builds strong client relationships through clear advice and well defined strategy. She is recognised for her attention to detail and her ability to combine theory and practice. Her experience ranges across the whole family law spectrum but she has particular expertise in complex cases involving an international element, whether concerning the relocation of children, trusts, or families with assets worldwide.

Katharine is a strong advocate of all alternatives to the traditional court process, where it is right for the client and the case.

Secretary Emma Davidson


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

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

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

Track record




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.

Katharine represented 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 in retirement.

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


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.



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