Kate Hughes (1992 call)
Kate Hughes joined 9 Park Place in September 2019 from 30 Park Place, Cardiff. Prior to that, at the start of her career, she spent ten years practising in Swansea.
Kate has a strong child care practice, mainly representing local authorities in complex care cases but also acting for guardians, parents and prospective adopters. She regularly undertakes work which involves appearing against Queen's Counsel and provides policy advice to local authorities in respect of Special Guardianship provisions.
Her case-load features all types of alleged non-accidental injury:
- Sexual abuse
- Severe neglect
- Murder of mother by father
- Salt Poisoning
- Shaken Baby cases
- Death of a child
- International abduction, Hague Convention and Brussels II
- Applications to remove a child from jurisdiction
- Female circumcision
- Factitious Illness syndrome
She also appears in applications for financial remedy involving substantial assets and provides lectures and seminars on aspects of financial relief.
In addition, Kate conducts education tribunals and carries out mental health work.
Notable and Reported cases
Application for residence order - grandmother rejected as potential carer;
Conflict of interest - risk of disclosure of confidential information as Guardian's solicitor had previously acted for other party in criminal proceedings;
- Re R 1998 2 FLR 390.
- Local Authority applying for care/long-term fostering as mother incapable of caring for baby in foreseeable future - justification for adjournment for consideration of maintaining contact.
- Bridgend County Borough Council v GM and Another  EWHC 3118 (Fam)
- Child abduction. Mother fled to Spain with child in utero. Whether mother and child were habitually resident in UK.
The legal directories say:
- 'User-friendly and an exceptionally effective advocate.' 'She is well respected and has an excellent court manner.' (Chambers and Partners, 2018)
- 'She is consistently excellent and a reassuring presence for the client.' (Chambers UK, 2018)
- An experienced advocate with a strong childcare practice, who also takes on financial remedy matters. She frequently represents local authorities but also has experience acting for guardians, parents and prospective adopters in complex care cases. Strengths: "I find her very professional, she always knows her case well and is an excellent advocate." (Chambers UK, 2017)
- 'A high-quality junior who is able to handle the most complex care cases, acting for local authorities, children or parents in an array of proceedings involving non-accidental injury or sexual abuse allegations. She also advises on financial relief applications.' "She is calm, client-friendly and very sharp." "She goes the extra mile. Clients feel very comfortable with her and she gets them where she needs to be." (Chambers UK 2016)
- Kate Hughes offers “down to earth and pragmatic advice”’ (Legal 500 2010)
- 'Recommended juniors include Kate Hughes for children’s cases...' '...a strong senior junior' (Legal 500 2007)