Celine has successfully completed her first six of pupillage under the supervision of Charlotte Worsley QC, Head of the Family Team, and Kate Batty, Deputy Head of the Criminal Team. Celine is now accepting instructions and is keen to develop a strong practice in both areas.
During first six, Celine engaged with a variety of complex public and private law family cases, including those with extensive medical evidence from experts, non-accidental injury (including fractures and brain injury due to shaking), serious sexual offences, so-called “honour”-based violence, coercive control and neglect. By working on such factually and legally complex cases, Celine has developed her ability to handle large volumes of information and a capacity to distil the issues for accurate advice and advocacy.
Celine has a rigorous academic background which underpins her case preparation. Whilst studying at Durham University, Celine acted as Pro Bono Project Director for Families in Care, a charity based in the North-East of England. Within this role, Celine advised and supported often vulnerable parents throughout care proceedings. Celine attended hearings with parents, advised them on potential prospects of success upon appeal and guided them through the family courts. Celine completed her Dissertation on Re W and the child’s participation in the family courts, receiving a First-Class mark for her research which was later published in the Durham Law Review. She received a scholarship from her University based on proposing this research as a Master of Jurisprudence. Recently, Celine delivered training to Trainee Consultant Paediatricians on giving evidence in family proceedings and worked closely, and successfully, with a North Eastern Circuit paeditrician, Dr. Ruth Skelton.
During her Barrister Training Course, Celine worked as a paralegal in a family law solicitors’ firm in Bradford, undertaking work concerning public law care proceedings. Within this role, Celine represented clients at Case Management Hearings and in the Magistrates’ Court, attended conferences with clients and drafted a variety of statements of case. From this experience, Celine honed her practical advocacy skills whilst developing an ability to prioritise client care in highly sensitive cases including those of non-accidental injury, neglect, sexual abuse, and so-called “honour”-based violence. Celine readily anticipates accepting instructions in both public and private law matters.
Celine Kart and Oliver Latham discuss recent guidance on the use of participation directions (special measures) given in the Family Division. Click here to view.
Contact Celine’s Clerks:
Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604
Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209
Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212