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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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Described as “an outstanding family law solicitor with an extraordinary ability to manage the most complex of cases. She is hardworking, astute, her attention to detail is exceptional and she has great judgment and instincts. Katie’s client care skills are superb. She is a star.” And “she has energy, enthusiasm and tenacity, coupled with keen intelligence and a complete understanding of the processes of the courts and the priorities of the judges. She also has a maturity well beyond her years.”

Katie is a senior associate in the Family department. She advises in all areas of private family law, including divorce and financial remedy proceedings, nuptial agreements, cohabitation issues and private children matters. She has a particular focus on resolving financial matters between divorcing/divorced couples and unmarried parents. Many of Katie’s cases involve complex financial and/or international elements and involve HNW and UHNW clients.

Recent cases include:

Collardeau-Fuchs v Fuchs [2022] EWFC 135 (the award included secured child maintenance in excess of £550,000 p/a)

Collardeau-Fuchs v Fuchs [2022] EWFC 45

Collardeau-Fuchs v Fuchs: MPS [2022] EWFC 6

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein:

– Re Al M: Publication [2022] EWFC 16

– Re Al M: Final Welfare Judgment [2021] EWHC 3480 (Fam)

– Re Al M: Finances [2021] EWFC 94 (the award included a lump sum of £251million and secured child maintenance of £11.2million p/a)

– Re Al M: Hacking Fact Finding – Appeal – Court of Appeal [2021] EWCA Civ 1216

– Re Al M: Hacking Fact Finding – PTA – Court of Appeal [2021] EWCA Civ 900

– Re Al M: Immunities – Court of Appeal [2021] EWCA Civ 890

– Re Al M: Lives with [2021] EWHC 1577 (Fam)

– Re Al M: Hacking Fact Finding [2021] EWHC 1162

– Re Al M: Foreign Act of State – Court of Appeal [2021] EWCA Civ 129

– Re Al M: Foreign Act of State [2020] EWHC 2883 (Fam)

– Re Al M: Non-Molestation [2020] EWHC 3305 (Fam)

– Re Al M: [2021] EWHC 915 (Family)

– Re Al M: Legal Services [2021] EWHC 303 (Fam)-

– Re Al M: Immunities [2021] EWHC 660 (Fam)

– Re Al M: Court of Appeal Judgment on publication [2020] EWCA Civ 283

– Re Al M: Publication [2020] EWHC 122 (Fam)

– Re Al M: Assurances and Waiver [2020] EWHC 67 (Fam)

– Re Al M: Fact Finding [2019] EWHC 3415 (Fam


Katie trained at Sears Tooth and qualified in 2013.
Katie joined Payne Hicks Beach in 2019, promoted to senior associate December 2019.


Katie read Chemistry & Law at Bristol University (2006-2010) and graduated with a 2.1. She completed her LPC (2010/2011) at the College of Law with Distinction.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

(Rising stars)

Katie Parkes Payne Hicks Beach LLP

The strength and prestige of the Payne Hicks Beach LLP team is peerless’. It is led by Rebecca Cockcroft, whose ‘forensic approach to cases is extremely effective, and she always goes the extra mile for clients’. The lawyers are at the ‘top of their game’ with ‘strength and depth across the board and are involved in some of the biggest cases’. Baroness Fiona Shackleton is praised for her ‘extraordinary judgment and tactical acumen’ and has been described as ‘the doyenne of ultra-high-net-worth financial remedies work’. The practice is highly regarded for its considerable expertise in handling both high-net-worth financial remedies and children law matters, and the group is frequently instructed in high-profile cases that appear in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Philip McGuirk has a busy practice in post and pre-nuptial agreements, which often involve a cross-jurisdictional element. Ben Parry-Smith covers all aspects of financial remedy work, while Sarah Williams is the head of the modern family law practice and Simon Beccle has extensive experience of dealing with complex financial cases. Other highly regarded members of the department include Matthew Booth, Nick Manners, Katie Parkes, and Catherine Costley. Joshua Moger was recently promoted to the partnership, and senior associate Amy Barrow joined the practice from Dawson Cornwell LLP in April 2023.