Ms Kathryn Hughes > Exchange Chambers > Liverpool, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

Work Department



Kathryn qualified as a Solicitor in 1999. From 1999 to 2003 she worked as a Family Solicitor, managing a caseload of public and private children cases. She gained invaluable experience working directly with clients from the commencement of the proceedings and in the preparation of their cases, particularly drafting of documents. It provided insight, which continues to be of benefit now, as to the practice and pressures on family Solicitors. She developed her advocacy skills and decided that advocacy was what she wanted to focus on.

In 2003 she was successful in applying to transfer to the Bar and has not looked back. Kathryn has developed a busy practice, specialising in children cases, both public and private law.

In public law cases she has represented parents, family members, interveners and children. She is passionate and committed to the representation of her clients in every case. She is determined and will fight hard to ensure the best possible outcome for her client. She is a good communicator and when representing some of the most vulnerable of clients will use such communication skills to make sure they understand the proceedings and can engage successfully.

Kathryn often represents clients with very low IQ, young parents, mental health conditions and those facing the most grave of allegations of harm (sexual, physical and emotional). In addition, her negotiation skills include a level of diplomacy that is often required in reaching a fair settlement on issues in dispute. If there is no scope to settle issues she is not afraid to ensure that those issues are litigated when it is in the best interests of the client to do so.

She has represented many children in cases and has developed trusting working relationships with many Children’s Guardians and Solicitors.
Kathryn’s experience covers almost any area of work in the public/private children cases. In public cases this includes complex and serious cases involving non-accidental injuries/death, sexual abuse, FII, domestic abuse. In private law this includes 16.4 cases, relocation (internal and out of jurisdiction), intractable contact.

Kathryn is also a qualified Pupil Supervisor.


Called 2003




When not practising family law, Kathryn keeps busy as a Mother to four lively children and is a competitive triathlete.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Kathryn Hughes – Exchange Chambers ‘Kathryn will never shy away from a fight and will pursue any argument rigorously to try and get the right outcome for the client.’