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Congratulations to Kate Burnell QC

We are delighted to announce that Kate Burnell QC has officially been appointed Queen’s Counsel, strengthening our Family Law group which now boasts six QCs – with four specialising in Children Law and two in Matrimonial Finance.

Called to the Bar in 1998, Kate has built a reputation as a specialist in Children Act cases. Regularly representing local authorities, parents, carers, members of the extended family and children, she has extensive experience working with vulnerable clients, appearing at all levels of court.

Kate is one of 116 new Queen’s Counsel appointments, made by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, MP, following consideration by the independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.

Frances Heaton QC, Joint Head of Chambers at St John’s Buildings, said: “Kate’s appointment to Queen’s Counsel is wonderful news for all of us at Chambers. I have been fortunate to have worked with Kate in a number of complex cases and know without doubt that her success is much deserved. Her legal knowledge, approach to her cases, client care and advocacy are all of the highest standard. The Family Bar is fortunate to have her as we are to have her in our team.”

“Following the appointment of Samantha Hillas QC last year, Kate will be the sixth member of our Family group to take Silk. As a Chambers, I am confident that we now boast one of the strongest Family Law teams in the country.”

Chris Ronan, Chief Executive at St John’s Buildings, said: “It’s fantastic to see our first-rate reputation in family law go from strength to strength. Although the pandemic has meant the ceremony at Westminster Hall is postponed, we look forward to celebrating with Kate and the whole of Chambers as soon the Covid restrictions allow.”