Clerking team

Dan Johnson

Assistant Senior Clerk (Children)

Elizabeth Fagan

Junior Family Clerk

Ciarece Brown

Junior Family Clerk

Katy is undertaking the practising period of pupillage (‘second six’) and accepting instructions under the supervision of Simon Crabtree.

Katy intends to build a busy and diverse family practice in areas including public and private children, matrimonial finance, deprivation of liberty, Court of Protection and wardship.

Children (Public and Private law)

Private Law

Katy represents applicants and respondents across a range of private law proceedings including:

  • Child arrangements orders
  • Specific issue orders
  • Prohibited steps orders
  • Enforcement orders
  • Non-molestation orders
  • Occupation orders

Katy undertakes all manner of hearings including FHDRAs, DRAs, directions hearings, fact-finding hearings and final hearings.

Only days into her practising period, Katy represented a client at a Dispute Resolution Appointment which took the form of a ‘Young Person’s Day in Court’ as part of the new investigative approach private law Pathfinder pilot. Katy was commended by the instructing solicitors for her preparation and drafting, client management and collaborative approach with the other party to narrow the issues and secure a positive result.

Katy is no stranger to the intricacies and dynamics of private children work and the sensitivity and resolve required to guide lay clients through the family justice system. Prior to pupillage, Katy gained invaluable experience as a Paralegal at one of the UK’s largest specialist private family law firms where she was held in high regard by clients and colleagues.


Public Law

Katy acts for local authorities, parents, guardians and intervenors across a variety of public law cases.

Katy is currently a led junior in a case which features numerous life altering non-accidental injuries to a child. She will appear with leading counsel at a three week Finding of Fact for which she has played a vital role in the preparation including a forensic analysis of sizeable bundles of medical evidence, police material and telephone records.

Katy has gained extensive experience of preparing complex non-accidental injury cases including fatal injuries and serious head injury cases during her pupillage with Simon Crabtree. Further, Katy has been involved in the preparation of a case before the High Court bench involving issues of child trafficking, forced marriage and honour-based violence where Ginnette Fitzharris was led by Frances Heaton KC.

Family finance

Katy represents clients in matrimonial finance and divorce cases from the commencement of proceedings right the way through to the final hearing.

Katy’s experience of matrimonial finance cases extends beyond her pupillage. Supplemental to her pupillage with Simon Crabtree, Katy had already gained experience as a Paralegal in a specialist family law firm and is well equipped with a comprehensive procedural understanding of matrimonial finance cases from start to finish. Katy conducts FDAs, FDRs and final hearings.

During her pupillage, Katy gained experience in the financial remedies court in cases with the following features (non-exhaustive):

  • Arguments of matrimonial and non-matrimonial property
  • Conduct arguments under section 25(2)(g) MCA 1973
  • An imbalance of copper-bottomed assets and consideration of Wells v Wells (2002)
  • Complex trust arrangements
  • Business interests of high net value
  • Material non-disclosure
  • Applications to set-aside a final order
  • Proprietary estoppel claims

Further, Katy also accepts instructions in respect of applications for financial provision for children pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

Court of Protection

Katy is excited to incorporate Court of Protection litigation into her practice having gained considerable experience in this area during her pupillage with Simon Crabtree and having enjoyed numerous opportunities of shadowing Eleanor Keehan, including in the Royal Courts of Justice.

Katy represents local authorities, P and intervenors in welfare matters such as section 16 and 21A MCA 2005 disputes.



  • Certificate of Honour awarded by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2023)


  • BPTC, University of Law (2022): Outstanding
  • Medical Law and Ethics LLM, University of Law: Distinction
  • International Human Rights LLM, University of Law (2022): Distinction
  • LLB Law (Hons), Keele University (2018): 2:1


  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple