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Katie O'Callaghan

Katie O'Callaghan

Senior Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7079 8278
kocallaghan@boodlehatfield.com

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Katie specialises in all aspects of family law, with a particular emphasis on financial issues following the breakdown of cohabiting relationships, marriages and civil partnerships. Her work includes private children law matters which often involve disputes regarding the arrangements for the children upon their parents' separation as well as applications by one parent to relocate a child elsewhere in the UK or abroad.

Katie is a contributor to articles in the legal and general press, and Tolley's Estate Planning.

Listen to Katie's podcast on financial disclosure in divorce here

Katie's recent projects

  • Acting for Mr Don Gallagher, a male civil partner in the case of Lawrence v Gallagher [2012] EWCA Civ 394 which was the first civil partnership financial relief case to reach the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal. The case was widely reported in the media, being the first of its kind.
  • Acting for the husband in the case of B v B [2013] EWHC 1232 (Fam) in a two week trial in the High Court. The family had liquid wealth of £40m and the husband had potential illiquid wealth of, on the wife's case, between €139m to €278m as a result of the husband's fund manager role at a private equity firm. The main issue in the case was the extent to which the wife should be entitled to share in these valuable illiquid assets in the future. Katie and the team successfully argued on behalf of the husband that there should be a substantial departure from equality in relation to the illiquid assets given the post-separation efforts required by the husband to bring the funds to fruition.
  • Advising a father in relation to his ex-wife's application to relocate their two children abroad with her and her new partner as a result of her partner's new employment.
  • Advising a wealthy Middle Eastern family in connection with the preparation of pre and post-nuptial agreements for the heirs as part of a wealth protection strategy in order to preserve it for future generations. The family lead a highly international lifestyle which resulted in the need to work closely with lawyers in various jurisdictions.
  • Acting for the former husband in relation to his former wife's claim for further maintenance provision for their disabled child, who is now in her 20s but still lives with her mother and her mother's new husband.

Qualifications /Education

  • University of Leeds
  • Member of Resolution

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