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The ‘talented and highly effective’ Kathryn Peat, to quote a client, who is a partner at boutique firm Sinclair Gibson, has specialised in family law for over 30 years. Peat’s desire to practice law was instilled by a school visit to The Royal Courts of Justice when she was 12 years old. Her practice encompasses substantial financial remedy cases (often with offshore trusts), children matters and nuptial settlements, many with multi-jurisdictional issues. Clients value her ‘seamless transparency and flawless guidance to complicated proceedings’. She has 20 years of experience sitting in a part-time judicial capacity in both finance and children matters, and is a Resolution-trained all-issues mediator. She says, ‘Arbitration is becoming more popular, as it is faster than the court process and totally private.’ Peat recalls having her ‘hand broken in court by a litigant in person’ as one of the most memorable moments in her long career. While acting for the mother in a children case, ‘the father became very angry’ and threw a punch, from which Peat used the courtroom door to shield herself. So it is hardly surprising that clients describe Peat as ‘tenacious and strong’ and praise her for her ‘calm professionalism’. ‘Achieving the right outcome for my clients matters to me personally as well as professionally,’ she says. Clients agree, with one saying: ‘I would hate to have Kathryn in the opposing corner.’

Kathryn Peat
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