Katie Baker LLM BPTC

Head of Family & Education Law 

Katie is an unregistered Barrister and was called to the Bar on the 24th of November 2021 to Middle Temple and is the Head of Family and Educational Law at Totally ADR. Katie has a strong belief in client care and the ability to build strong working relationships; the best interests of her clients are at the heart of everything she does.

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About Katie

Care Proceedings

Katie started with a passion for care proceedings by working as a Court Clerk at East London Family Court where she gained knowledge of the procedures surrounding applications and hearings with respect to children being placed into the Care system. Katie further expanded her knowledge working with Stoke Local Authority as a Paralegal specialising in Care Proceedings assisting either the allocated Solicitor or Barristers. Katie has first-hand experience in handling complex aspects of proceedings and has handled matters including non-accidental injury to a child, children being placed into care, and deprivation of liberty. Katie is renowned for her detailed note-taking as well as her methodology for resolving complex disputes.

Child Maintenance Tribunals

Katie is one of the few who specialise in advocacy before the CMS Tribunals. Katie has vast experience in representing and assisting clients as a Tribunal Advocate and handles matters pertaining to Mandatory Reconsideration, Regulation 50 Appeals, and Appeals against Liability Orders. Katie's most notable case was representing a father who was the Respondent to an appeal by the mother and CMS for Mandatory Reconsideration. Katie successfully defended the father ensuring that the adjustment of the earnings order did not affect his company or income to the CMS Higher Freehold. Katie has a robust approach and does not fear advocating for her clients who are in difficult situations. 

Education Law

Katie is one of a few Legal Consultants who handle disputes between educational authorities, schools, and higher education institutions. Katie has been instructed on numerous matters including appeals against a secondary school with pupils being excluded from both the governors and tribunals. She has experience in handling students with all ranges of special educational needs, and learning disabilities as well as those who have issues with their behavior within school. Katie has been vastly successful in helping families and teachers in raising disputes with their local establishment. Katie s most memorable case was assisting a 12-year-old student to revoke a permanent exclusion from their secondary school after being accused of homophobic behavior. Katie was able to argue to a tribunal that it was a breach of the family's right to private life to be expelled. 

Family Law

Katie has a seven-plus year background in Family Law with a specialist niche in complex disputes pertaining to parental alienation, domestic abuse, and financial remedy disputes. She regularly works with clients as a Professional McKenzie Friend with Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 , Children's Act 1989, and Family Law Act 1996 matters.

 

Katie is frequently granted rights of audience and represents clients in a wide variety of matters including complicated fact-finding hearings to child relocation cases. She is known by her clients (and the Courts) for being a well-prepped professional whose question preparation is second to none! Katie usually has various comments made by her clients and other professionals about her detailed note-taking abilities and her skills in trying to resolve disputes within Family Law dispute. 

Katie has assisted clients at all levels of Court and is well-versed in going up against more senior counsel than herself. During her time at Totally ADR, Katie has handled various complex financial remedy disputes including a dispute between four family members with respect to international finances and property gaining favorable results for her client against three senior barristers.  Within children act proceedings and proceedings relating to domestic abuse, Katie goes above and beyond for her clients who all comment about her ability to not just legally support them but also emotionally accommodate their needs. 

As the head of Family and Education Law at Totally ADR, Katie is responsible for all aspects of our Family Law practice and is dedicated to ensuring our clients get the best support possible. 

Landlord and Tenancy Dispute

Katie is currently able to take minimal instructions with respect to Landlord and Tenant Disputes due to her ongoing practice. However, she has built a formidable approach as a Lay Advocate in assisting clients needing advice on Civil Practice Directions as well as presenting cases within Judge's chambers. Katie is able to take instructions on simple evictions and contract disputes.

Mediation 

Katie is also a Hunt ADR Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and is currently training to become a CMC Registered Mediator. She is able to take instructions as a Junior Mediator on all Civil and Commercial claims. Katie's practice of mediation is to try and resolve disputes in an orderly and non-contentious way whilst addressing all necessary legal issues. She is currently expanding her practice within the field of Dispute Resolution. 

Small Claims

Katie has a small practice in Small Claims and assists both clients and Defendants. She is able to represent clients to an amount up to £10,000 as a Lay Advocate and is regularly instructed on matters pertaining to Contract and Tort Law disputes. Her practice revolves around resolving disputes and using the skills she acquired as a Mediator to settle disputes before reaching the courtroom. 

Legal Education

2018 - 2021

The University of Law, London Bloomsbury

LLM: Bar Professional Training Course 

2017 - 2018

The University of Law, London Moorgate

Graduate Diploma in Law 

2022

Hunt ADR

CMC accredited Diploma in Civil & Commercial Mediation. 

Awards & Accreditations 

Katie has a number of awards and accreditation's with respect to her practice

Awards

Middle Temple, Joseph Jackson Scholarship £10,750 University of Law, Advocacy Scholarship £2,500 Innovation and Excellence Awards, Family Law Unregistered Barrister of the year 2022

Court Experience

Represent clients in family Law matters, with a specialist niche in complex disputes pertaining to parental alienation, domestic abuse, and financial remedy disputes. I regularly work with clients as a Professional McKenzie Friend with Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 , Children's Act 1989, and Family Law Act 1996 matters.

Memberships

Called to the Bar 

2021

Barrister Status 

Unregistered Barrister 

(Estimated Pupillage Start Date January 2023)

Civil Mediation Council

Associate Member 

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