Katy Chokowry

Ranked in Chambers and Partners, Katy is said to have:

… a reputation for possessing expertise that goes far beyond her level of call. She specialises in international children  matters with a particular emphasis on leave to remove, abduction and related financial applications.

Strengths: “For a junior advocate she is exceptional at holding her ground and putting forward a persuasive case for her client.” “She punches above her weight; I don’t know anyone else I would go to at her level who has the same expertise and experience.”

Over the last four years, Katy has appeared in leading cases in international family law in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. She has a keen interest in cases involving a cross-jurisdictional dispute in both financial and children proceedings.

Before coming to the Bar, Katy practised as a solicitor with a well-known specialist family law firm.

Cases of interest: Katy’s recent cases of note are:

In re D (A Child) (Recognition of Foreign Order) (Reunite Child Abduction Centre and another intervening) [2016] UKSC 34; [2016] WLR (D) 340

Re B (A Child) (Habitual Residence: Inherent Jurisdiction) [2016] UKSC 4 [2016] 1 FLR 561

Re S (Habitual Residence and Child’s Objections: Brazil) [2015] EWCA Civ 2 [2015] 2 FLR 1338

AVH v SI and Another [2014] EWHC 2938 (Fam) [2015] 2 FLR 269

Mittal v Mittal [2013] EWCA Civ 1255 [2014] 1 FLR 1514

Re LC (Reunite: International Child Abduction Centre Intervening) [2014] UKSC 1 [2014] 1 FLR 1486

.Re Y (Abduction: Undertakings Given for Return of Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 129 [2013] 2 FLR 649

AB v CB (Divorce and Maintenance: Discretion to Stay [2012] EWHC 3841 (Fam) [2013] 2 FLR 29 [ Reported as Mittal v Mittal on appeal]

 Lectures and Seminars :

Katy regularly delivers lectures on all aspects of international family law.  She has a particular interest in cases involving a foreign element including jurisdictional disputes in both children and matrimonial cases. Katy is always pleased to accept requests for lectures and seminars from solicitors and can arrange for those to be held at solicitors’ offices.

Articles :

In addition to lecturing, Katy is a frequent contributor to specialist family law publications.  Her recent articles include:

  • “Re D : a decision of its time?” (Family Law Week) 30 June 2016
  • “Habitual Residence and Joinder in Child Abduction Cases: The Supreme Court’s judgment in LC (Children)” (Family Law Week) 19 January 2014
  • “The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007: Two Years on” [2011] Fam Law 76 (co- author);
  • “The Non-recognition and Enforcement of Judgments Relating to Parental Responsibility Under Brussels II Revised” [2010] Fam Law 1121;
  • “The Registration of Judgments and Orders Under Brussels II Revised” [2010] Fam Law 854.

Appointments and Memberships: 

  • CALA Committee Policy Officer 2017
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Qualifications and awards

  • LLM – King’s College, London
  • BVC
  • Runner-up Bracewell Memorial Essay Competition 2008