Katharine represented the wife in Christoforou v Christoforou , 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 , 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.
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).
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
‘A Practical Guide to International Family Law’, Jordans, 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.