Kate Tompkins undertakes complex private and public law children proceedings. She is well regarded for her calm and creative approach to seemingly intractable disputes regarding the arrangements for children post family breakdown including those involving allegations of parental alienation.
Kate has previous experience in representing parties in criminal proceedings and is able to use this knowledge where clients are accused, or have accused another, of committing a criminal act against an adult or child.
Kate is also a qualified Mediator and a Recorder in the Family Court.
- Private Law children
- International children cases
- Public Law children (Care and Adoption)
Appointments & Memberships
- Family Law Bar Association
- Lincoln’s Inn
- Recorder in the Family Court
LB of Barnet v The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs  EWHC 1253 (Fam)
Case concluded with a significant judgment on the interaction between the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the ECHR
AX v BX & Ors (Revocation of Adoption Order) (Rev 1)  EWHC 1121
Case concerned the legal framework and circumstances in which an application under the inherent jurisdiction for revocation of a lawfully made adoption order will be granted
X (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order No. 2)  EWHC 1990
A Local Authority v X and Ors  EWHC 874 (Fam)
Represented the children in this case which considered what impact, if any, the mother’s functions in the High Commission and the consequent diplomatic privileges and immunities enjoyed by her and her household, had upon the ability of the court to make orders in respect of her children.
H (A Child: Hair Strand Testing)  EWFC 64
Represented the mother in this case where the central issue was her use of cocaine. The judgment of the Court provided long awaited guidance to all those working in the family justice system as to the reliability and use of hair strand testing.
Re JS (Disposal of Body) EWHC 2859 (Fam)
Instructed by Cafcass Legal as an advocate to the court, led by William Tyler QC.
T (Children)  EWCA Civ 1549
Successfully opposed an appeal in the Court of Appeal of both a Care and Placement Order on the ground that the judgment at first instance was Re B-S compliant.
Re B (A Child)  UKSC 33
Successfully appeared in the Supreme Court where the following key issues were considered: the criteria to be applied when making a Care Order when the risk of harm to a child is a future risk, the impact of ECHR Article 8 in relation to the proportionality of a Care Order with a view to adoption and the role of the appellate court in such cases.
TG (A Child)  EWCA Civ 5
Successfully represented the children’s guardian in an appeal to the Court of Appeal clarifying the meaning of the necessity test for instructing an expert in family proceedings.
Re A (Death of a Child)  ECHC 2754 (Fam)
Represented a father accused of deliberately inflicting fatal head injuries to his very young baby in circumstances where the father blamed his 5 year old son for causing the injuries.
MG and Anor v A Local Authority and Others  EWCA Civ 745
Successfully represented a 13 year old child in the Court of Appeal in an appeal concerning interim orders made at first instance that were in effect final orders.