Katharine Landells

Partner | London

Katharine is a partner in the divorce and family team.

Dynamic and creative, Katharine has huge energy which she puts to use in making positive progress for her clients in some of the most complex and challenging cases. Described by the legal directories as having the ‘killer combination’ of a ‘sense of humour and a razor sharp intellect’, Katharine has almost 20 years’ experience in the industry and is singled out among her peers for her ability to design and drive a broad strategy whilst overseeing and honing in on the crucial detail.

Fighting their corner with ‘intelligence and style’, Clients appreciate Katharine’s commitment to them as well as her humanity and empathy when dealing with sensitive and difficult issues. Whilst she is no stranger to big ticket litigation, with a string of reported cases to her name, her experience in those tough cases is put to good use for all of her clients to achieve positive results. Katharine is a talented negotiator, working to diffuse conflict, and resolve disputes in her clients’ best interests. She is adept at navigating her clients to out of court settlements, avoiding media glare, and collaborating to bring about an agreed outcome.

Ranked in Chambers UK, Legal 500, and Spears Top 50, clients have ‘utmost confidence in Katharine and her strategy’, describing her as ‘incredibly bright, flexible, with a work ethic to be admired, dedicated to her clients and creative’.

Her clients are typically founders, business owners, decision makers and their partners. She has a track record of dealing with the most financially and emotionally complex of cases, especially those with an international angle, those involving privately held businesses, or where there are trusts or other sophisticated asset structures. She is regularly instructed in connection with UK and International nuptial agreements and highly contested children matters as well as cases concerning the international relocation of children.

Secretary Chloe Whitthread


Incredibly bright, flexible, with a work ethic to be admired, dedicated to her clients and creative, Kate is a problem solver extraordinaire. The breadth of Kate’s knowledge and experience was confidence inspiring. We never once faced an issue that Kate and her team couldn’t resolve.

International Tech Entrepreneur and Business Founder

Not only a game changer, but a match winner! Ms Landells instigates a detailed strategy, but also combines a big picture view. Ms. Landells has proven and delivered time and time again on complicated legal principles. I have been impressed with her boundless energy when faced with a Herculean task and additionally she has shown to be bright and quick thinking when faced with problems.

Property business owner

I cannot praise Kate highly enough. She was absolutely excellent at championing me and my legal case. She is very articulate, competent, focused, diligent and detailed. She is also professional yet demonstrated considerable humanity and empathy.

Chambers UK, 2021

Katharine Landells has an exceptional ability to see the strategic big picture whilst retaining a critical eye for the detail. In my experience, she is highly adept at managing more challenging clients.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

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 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

Problem solver extraordinaire Katharine Landells is brilliant. She is really practical and pragmatic, she is user-friendly, she is really good at bringing people together and handling complex family dynamics.

Chambers HNW, 2021

She delivers the punches but the opposition doesn’t even know they’re being hit. She wipes out the other side but she does it professionally.

Chambers HNW, 2021

Kate Landells is very impressive. She is just brilliant with clients, keenly forensic and has great expertise. It’s always a pleasure to work with her.

Chambers HNW, 2022

She is a brilliant advocate of her clients’ interests. She really gets to the nub of an issue and represents her clients really robustly. She has a remarkable breadth of skills.”

Chambers HNW, 2022

Track record




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


International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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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