Celine is a fierce advocate who consistently puts clients first and is known for her down-to-earth attitude and approach. She accepts instructions to act on behalf of parents, Children’s Guardians and Local Authorities. Celine has extensive experience in representing parents, stemming from her experience as a paralegal in a public law high-street solicitors firm prior to coming to the Bar.
Celine readily represents clients at case management hearings, issues resolution hearings, final hearings and findings of fact. Prior to practice, Celine completed her Dissertation on Re W, receiving a First-Class mark for her research, later published in the Durham Law Review. Celine was also appointed Pro Bono Project Director for Families in Care, a charity based in the North-East of England.
As both a family and criminal practitioner, Celine is able to apply acute skills developed in the criminal courts to her family practice. She has developed her ability to put clients at ease whilst honing her submission advocacy and effective witness-handling.
Celine’s vast experience is beyond her year of Call. She prioritises client care in highly sensitive cases including those of non-accidental injury, neglect, sexual abuse and so-called ‘honour’-based violence; areas in which she particularly welcomes instructions.
- T v A – Secured findings for a mother with limited cognitive functioning, with the assistance of her intermediary. Allegations included those of domestic, gang and weapons-based violence;
- A v A – Represented the Mother at a final hearing. Celine successfully opposed a child arrangements order for contact against an Applicant Father. The case centred around delicate issues of unsettled immigration status and so-called ‘honour’-based considerations within the wider maternal family.
- S v F – Represented the Father at a final hearing where violent offences were alleged against him. Secured contact between him and his child.
- H v H and H – Represented two Children via their Guardian in proceedings whose parents disagreed about their living and educational conditions. Celine secured the children’s preferred residential placement and schools. Then successfully represented the children during the appeal, an application brought by one of the parents.
- S v K – Represented the Father in his Child Arrangements Order application. The child had been removed from the Jurisdiction without his knowledge. Celine successfully rebutted the Respondent’s position, in which they sought to halt the proceedings, which would force the Father to begin a fresh application out of the Jurisdiction.
- Wakefield MDC v M v F v The Child – Celine represented the Mother who presented with limited cognitive functioning in an interim removal hearing.
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