Katie Langdon - Family Barrister
Katie has a well established Family Finance practice in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. She provides advice, assistance and representation at all stages of financial remedy proceedings and of property disputes/claims relating to unmarried couples and children.
Given her grounding in civil law, Katie’s assistance is welcomed in TLATA cases in relation to: pleadings, issues pertaining to multi-track claims and costs. She handles a variety of cases from ‘big money’ cases involving a multitude of businesses, properties and foreign assets to those that are premised on the needs of the parties.
Appeals to reopen aged final orders have been profitably pursued; so too applications for strike out and abuse of process have been effectively sought or defended on behalf of her clients. Katie has successfully represented clients who have sought financial relief up to almost twenty years post decree absolute.
Katie appears at all stages of legal proceedings and consequently deals with:
- Declarations of Marital Status;
- Jurisdictional issues – which country should the Petition or Application proceed;
- Habitual Residence;
- Contested Divorces;
- Forced Marriage Protection Orders;
- Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustee Act 1996 (TLATA);
- Resulting Trusts;
- Constructive Trusts;
- Proprietary Estoppel;
- Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989;
- Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975;
- Maintenance Pending Suit;
- Section 37 Applications;
- Disclosure – including Third Party Disclosure Orders;
- Legal Services Payment Orders;
- Enforcement; and
Drafting is undertaken and advice given regarding the construction of documents intended to deal with the division of the assets of a union upon dissolution or separation:
- Cohabitation Agreements;
- Pre and Post- Nuptial Agreements; and
- Separation Agreements.
Injunctions and Private Children
Katie is also regularly instructed to provide advice and representation in respect of injunction proceedings and disputes regarding the care and/or living arrangements of children. She deals with proceedings for:
- Non-Molestation Orders
- Occupation Orders;
- Fact Finding Hearings;
- Relocation – internal and external;
- Prohibited Steps Orders; and
- Specific Issue Orders.
It is appreciated, noticed and respected that Katie will work until the job is finished. Her preparation is exhaustive and her eye for detail is adept. She instils confidence in her client with her proficiency in the law, her pragmatic approach to problem solving and her grasp of the particular facts of any given case. She is recognised as an advocate who is thoroughly prepared, provides robust advocacy in court and has a keen eye for the detail which can turn a case.
- Law (LLB) – University of Bristol;
- Masters in Industrial and Commercial Law (LLM) – University of the West of England;
- Bar Vocational Course (Bar) – University of the West of England; and
- Public Access Accredited.
Before coming to the Bar Katie worked in accounting and dealt with contractual and employment disputes. She ran her own businesses and worked also for BUPA Legal dealing with a multitude of corporate issues: confidentiality; contractual clauses/breach; inquests. At the other end of the spectrum Katie was employed by the CAB to represent Claimant’s at Employment and Social Security Tribunals. She sat also as an appointed Governor at the local Upper School on the Finance and Resource Committee.
At the Bar, before specialising in Family Finance, Katie practiced general civil law, Employment and Professional Regulation. She successfully represented Claimants and Respondents in all types of employment disputes including multi-day discrimination claims and at the Employment Appeals Tribunal.
In her Professional Regulatory practice Katie conducted multi-day disciplinary hearings
involving most serious allegations of physical and sexual misconduct. She also represented the Executive Principal of Park View Academy Trust in the two year long disciplinary proceedings which involved 16 weeks of trial time, 26 witnesses, interventions from the House of Commons Speaker’s Office, Birmingham City Council and two Unions - regarding the ability to utilise certain documents within the proceedings and confidentiality of witnesses respectively. Her requests for further disclosure and explanations in respect of the same resulted in the case being discontinued against all five teachers in that Tribunal but also all other teachers being prosecuted in the ‘Trojan Horse’ case.
- Midland Circuit;
- Family Law Bar Association;
- Employment Law Bar Association; and
- Resolution (Associate).