Russell Cooke Bedford Row Holborn

About Kate

Going through any family breakdown is an extremely hard and difficult time. My aim is to fully support a client using my specialist expertise and knowledge to make the process as direct, constructive and beneficial as possible but to also be responsive, proactive and proportionate, acting in a way that gets a client the best result so that they can move forward positively when it is over.

Kate has considerable expertise in acting for barristers, solicitors and clients in the financial sector. Much of the work she does involves complex financial structures and foreign jurisdictions with off-shore assets and/or international lifestyles.

Kate has substantial expertise built up over many years in negotiating pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and in resolving financial settlements for couples following the breakdown of their marriage or civil partnership.

She has a specialist niche practice in advising on disputes between property owners, being either family members or unmarried couples, and often acts for family members who need to intervene in the divorce of their children, parents or siblings. Finally Kate undertakes complex children work such as leave to remove application.  

Kate's approach is direct and productive. She looks for the most effective and constructive result either by finding commercial solutions or by using her experience and skill to obtain the best tactical advantage. 

Kate trained as a Resolution Together solicitor (a one lawyer model).

Kate qualified as a solicitor in 2003, joined Russell-Cooke in 2005 and became a partner in 2012.

Kate Hamilton is a superb solicitor. She exudes authority and is pragmatic and results driven.
Legal 500 (2024)


  • Landmark child abduction case: acted in the international case of D (A Child) (Abduction: foreign custody rights) [2006] UKHL 510
  • International nullity and Schedule 1 case: acted in the case of El Gamal v HRH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum [2011] EWHC B27 (Fam);Re A (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1577 and GN v MA [2015] EWHC 3939 (Fam)
  • Property dispute: represented a client in the High Court and Chancery Division in a property dispute between a couple in the case of Ashby v Kilduff [2010] EWHC 2034 (Ch.)
  • Interim orders for sale: acted in BR v VT [2015[ EWHC 2727 (Fam)
Kate Hamilton is a natural problem solver who quickly gains the confidence of the clients.
Chambers UK (2024)


  • Accredited Resolution Specialist status gaining a professional qualification for her expert knowledge in financial provision upon separation and cohabitation (disputes between property owners)


  • Member of the Resolution Accredited Specialist Committee and sits as an assessor for the scheme
  • Collaborative lawyer and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Accredited mediator with Resolution and trained as hybrid mediator


  • Contributed to the Law Society's Family Law Protocol on financial provision for unmarried parents
  • Writes for Family Law and other publications

Awards and accreditations

Kate's highlights



‘How has my ex-husband ended up living off me for the rest of his life?’—The Telegraph

Family partner Kate Hamilton has been quoted in an article in The Telegraph, discussing the rise of high-earning women being pursued for spousal support from...
Kate Hamilton, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team.
Kate Hamilton
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Russell-Cooke's family partners retain recognition in Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2023

Fiona Read, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Kate Hamilton, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team.
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Fiona Read, Kate Hamilton


Family Charter

A Family Charter is a document which sets out a common understanding between family members in relation to certain key issues. A Family Charter is likely... 
Rebecca Fisher, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, private client team. Kate Hamilton, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. David Webster, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, corporate and commercial team.
Multiple Authors
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Rebecca Fisher, Kate Hamilton, David Webster
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