Katherine Res Pritchard, Director - Children Law
Katherine specialises in children cases, in particular those with an international element. Her expertise covers all cross-border disputes involving children, with a focus on international relocation cases. Katherine also has a great deal of experience in child abduction matters (both Hague and non-Hague), and of representing children as their Solicitor Guardian. In addition she has significant experience in representing clients in proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction, international adoption, and in cases involving the registration and enforcement of foreign contact orders. Katherine also advises on domestic disputes involving children, and on issues relating to fertility and surrogacy.
Katherine was shortlisted for Family Law Associate of the Year at the 2018 Family Law Awards.
In the Legal 500 2020 she is said to be ‘destined in time to become the leading private law children's lawyer in London’. She is described in the Legal 500 2018 as ‘amongst the most able of solicitors: clients feel totally in safe hands’ and also in the Legal 500 2017, ‘Solicitor Katherine Res Pritchard (“who genuinely cares for her clients”) is recommended.’
Katherine has an undergraduate degree from King’s College, London in Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. She completed her CPE in 2010 and her LPC in 2011, both with Distinction.
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Katherine has co-authored several articles in legal journals including:
- Cross-examination of vulnerable persons in family law proceedings (Family Law, January 2019)
- The rights of grandparents and other family members in relation to children – from both a domestic and international perspective (International Family Law Journal, November 2018)
- Covert recordings in proceedings relating to children (Family Law Journal, October 2018)
- Russia’s Accession to the Hague Convention 1980 (International Family Law Journal, 2017)
- Enforcement of Scottish Orders and the breaking of English lockfasts – the registration and enforcement of Scottish Orders in England (International Family Law Journal, 2017)
Katherine was interviewed in 2015 by BBC Radio 3 Counties, speaking about Child Abduction.
Katherine began her training in 2011 at a leading niche family law firm, and qualified into their Children Department in 2013. She joined Vardags as a Senior Associate, and became a Director in March 2019.
Katherine is a native Greek speaker.
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In her spare time, Katherine enjoys running, reading and cooking, and spending time with her family in Greece.