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Seddons Expands Family Practice with the Addition of Partner Kate Ryan

Seddons is excited to welcome Kate Ryan as a Partner in the Family team.

Kate joins Seddons with nearly 20 years’ experience in family law. Before joining Seddons, she was a Partner at IBB Law for seven years. Kate specialises in divorce and financial settlement agreements. She has significant experience across the spectrum of family law matters and advises clients on issues including protecting wealth and prenuptial agreements, arrangements for their children including those cases with cross jurisdictional elements, and trust of land act claims relating to cohabiting parties. Kate also works with clients on matters involving coercive control – where her clients are in controlling and abusive relationships. Her work in this area resulted in her being nominated as Family Law Partner of the year by Lexis Nexis in 2020. 

Neil Russell, Partner and Head of Family at Seddons, said: “We are so excited about the continued growth of the family team. With Kate’s arrival, we have added three new partners in the last six months, and look forward to adding Kate’s knowledge, experience and client following to the team.”

Kate approaches her work holistically, bringing in a full team of support for her clients when needed, from accountants, pension experts and coaches. She is an avid supporter of coaching alongside dealing with a relationship or family breakdown. This encourages clients to address their future equipped with the tools they need to make decisions and move forward. Kate also trained and qualified as a mediator in 2013 and is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.

Simon Ross, Managing Partner at Seddons, said: “It is a pleasure to have Kate join Seddons. I am confident her expertise will be invaluable to the Family team and that she will benefit our clients with her broad yet honed skills and experience. She will be a vital part of the team as we continue to grow our Family practice.”

Kate Ryan, Partner at Seddons, said: “Seddons’ signature openness and energy was apparent to me from the get-go. Not only is everyone so welcoming, but there’s a firmwide desire to prioritise and grow the family following and firm holistically as a business. This is something I am excited and proud to be a part of, especially during a period of such transformation for the firm.

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