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Katherine Gieve

Katherine Gieve - Bindmans LLP

Katherine Gieve

Senior Consultant

Tel: +44 (0)20 7833 4433

Email: k.gieve@bindmans.com

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Katherine specialises in cases concerning children, both cases following the breakdown of relationships between the parents and public law care cases. In a significant proportion of her cases she works with her clients to try to untangle intractable residence and contact disputes.  Many cases have an international element. She represents parents and children, and on occasion grandparents and other family members. She advises regularly in cases involving social services. Katherine has substantial experience of adoption and declarations of parentage. She also represents both children and parents in surrogacy cases which can give rise to complex problems – particularly where there is a foreign element.

Katherine was awarded Family Law Partner of the Year 2013 at the Jordan Family Law Awards.

Professional Memberships

Katherine has been elected to the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; she was a member of the Family Justice Council for two terms and remains on the safeguarding committee. She is a member (and former chair) of the Resolution Children Committee. She is a member of the Law Society Children Panel.


Katherine has been a solicitor since 1978 and she started her legal career in a law centre and the Family Rights Group before joining Bindmans LLP in 1988 and becoming a Partner in 1991.


Katherine lectures and writes on children law; she contributed a paper on legal aid to the Dartington Conference on the Family Justice Review in 2011 (published in Dear David, A memo to the Norgrove Committee from the Dartington Conference 2011 Family Law).


Katherine studied philosophy and politics at Oxford. She resides in London.

Katherine represents children and parents in cases concerning medical treatment.  The most notable case was that of the conjoined twins when she was appointed by the Court of Appeal to represent ‘Jodie’ (Re A [2001] 1 FLR 1).  She also represents teenagers and young adults under a disability.

A recent case, HM, in which she was instructed by the Official Solicitor concerned first the treatment/placement of a young woman under a disability and then her abduction, reported in a series of judgments:

  • Re HM (Adult), PM v KH and anor [2009] EWHC 2685 (Fam)
  • Re HM (Adult), PM v KH and anor (No 2) [2010] EWHC 870 (Fam)
  • PM v KH and another [2010] EWHC 1579

Katherine takes on abduction cases for the Central Authority and has also represented a number of children who are of an age to have their wishes taken into account.

Katherine Gieve is ranked Senior Statesmen in Children: Public Law Matters and Children: Cross-Border Disputes. Katherine is "outstandingly good. She's vastly experienced, she's got very sound judgement and she has an excellent manner with clients."
Chambers UK (2015)

Katherine was awarded Family Law Partner of the Year at the Jordan Family Law Awards (2013).

Katherine Gieve provides a "first-class service" and "fights her cases with an iron fist, albeit clad in a velvet glove." She "radiates confidence and immense knowledge and understanding of the law," and "is highly regarded by judges for her intelligent and insightful approach to all her cases." She offers assistance in all aspects of children law, including public law matters and cross-border disputes.
Ranked (Band *) in Children: Public Law Matters.
Ranked (Band 1) in Children: Cross-Border Disputes.
Chambers UK (2013)

Katherine Gieve heads the group and is described as “highly intelligent, with a really clear grasp of cases.” She handles the full spectrum of children cases, including recent work in private law relocation cases.
Ranked (Band *) in Children: Public Law Matters.
Ranked (Band 1) in Children: Cross-Border Disputes.
Chambers UK 2012

Katherine Gieve is “astute, assiduous, intelligent and tenacious", and "chases down each issue to great effect.”
Recommended in Family law.
Legal 500 2011


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