Katharine Baker

Katharine Baker - Newstead & Walker Solicitors Otley West Yorkshire
Katharine Baker - Newstead & Walker Solicitors Otley West Yorkshire
01943 461414

Katharine joined the firm in 2004, having moved to Leeds from London. After her degree at Cambridge University where she read History and Art History, Katharine qualified as a Solicitor in a top ten city firm in 1992.  She quickly recognised her strength and passion lay with dispute resolution in both family and civil litigation.   She has practised in both areas of law for over 23 years in London and Yorkshire.

Katharine is head of both the Family department and Dispute Resolution department as well as being Finance and Administration Partner and the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice.

In all areas of law she practices Katharine provides a friendly, respectful, sound and cost effective service.  The vast majority of new clients come to Katharine by recommendation from previous clients.  Her aim is to quickly identify the issues between the parties and establish the best ways of reaching a quick and efficient resolution to reduce stress and cost.  Katharine embraces all methods of alternative dispute resolution, being a FMC Accredited and trained Family Mediator herself as well as a trained and practicing Family Collaborative practitioner.  In the Civil arena she regularly attends with clients at Civil Mediations which in the vast majority of cases result in satisfactory settlements.

Of course, not all cases are capable of early settlement and Katharine is experienced in attending all local county (and family) courts for civil cases, family divorces and financial disputes, child arrangements.

Under the Family Law Divorce/Finances umbrella, Katharine acts for clients with sizeable means to those with more modest means, adapting methods to suit the clients wishes and budget but in all cases ensuring attention to detail while at the same time being approachable, no nonsense and empathetic.  She regularly also acts for many separating non married parties on cohabitation claims.  She acts for many clients in dispute with their separating partner over child arrangements, and aims always to reach child focused solutions which put the child’s welfare as priority.

In the Civil disputes arena, many of her cases focus on interfamily/personal disputes and including probate disputes, family breakdowns/ partnership disputes and land and agricultural  disputes using the civil and chancery courts (and mediation).  Aside from these areas, she also provides debt recovery and commercial property dispute services.  She provides strong employment advice and regularly advises on Settlement Agreements.

Committed to supporting access to justice for all, Katharine provides reduced fixed fee first interviews to give initial advice and also offers fixed fees for divorce.

Katharine’s approach is all about how to reach a settlement in the best way for the particular client focusing on efficient working and years of experience, combined with a friendly manner and no nonsense straightforward advice.  Her preference is to encourage talking solutions, rather than traditional litigation models, and to reduce emotional distress and upset as far as possible.

Katharine lives locally in Rawdon with her husband and three grown up children. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, walking her dogs and practising her cello.