About Kathryn

Kathryn qualified as a solicitor in 1995. Kathryn has practised in Berkhamsted since October 2000, having previously practised in Cheltenham then Aylesbury.

She joined Machins following the merger of her former practice, Sumner & Tabor, with Machins in May 2012. Kathryn is a Member of Resolution, a qualified Resolution Collaborative Lawyer and a Member of the Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel with specialist accreditations in Financial Remedies in Divorce and Complex Asset cases.

Kathryn was recognised as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in the Legal 500 2020 edition.

Specialist practice areas

  • Family law
  • Divorce
  • Financial cases where there is high net worth, foreign assets or businesses or complex financial arrangements
  • Pre/postnuptial agreements
  • Private Children Act cases including internal and external relocation, residence/contact and Prohibited steps

Testimonials

Kathryn Ainsworth’s judgement is always spot on and the high and moral standards that she sets always ensures that clients get a first class service.’ Legal 500 2021
Machins are a fantastic firm to work with. Kathryn Ainsworth leads a team that in my opinion are leading the way in the home counties. They work extremely hard for all clients and are committed to every case and often go above and beyond when it really matters.‘ Legal 500 2021
Kathryn Ainsworth is simply superb. Her judgement is second to none, leaving her clients with realistic expectations from their first contact with her.
Kathryn Ainsworth leads the team by example. She delivers superb advice, always goes the extra mile for the client and is on top of her game. A real star!
I have recommended Kathryn on numerous occasions, she was professional, compassionate, concise, clear, no nonsense and strong for me when I felt like giving in. Couldn't speak more highly about her.
I cannot tell you how lucky I feel in dealing with professional people which such high moral standards and impeccable business practice. It has been an absolute pleasure in dealing with you, your staff & colleagues, even though my personal circumstances were somewhat difficult, you at least made it bearable, which is indeed an immense skill.
I just wanted to thank you so, so much for all your hard work in getting my settlement. You were incredibly patient with me and if it wasn’t for your efforts I wouldn’t have anything.
Thank you for all your help in getting this to closure. The inevitable emotional wear and tear of the situation was much alleviated by the fact that you very clearly know what you are doing and the quality of service you provided was of the impeccably highest order. Knowing that you were to hand was not only a reassurance but a pleasure.

Latest news by Kathryn Ainsworth

Good Divorce Week – 30th November – 4th December 2020

From 30th November 2020 to 4th December marks Good Divorce Week. This is an annual campaign initiative by Resolution, a national organisation of family justice professionals who aim to work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Resolution has over 6,500 professional members including the Machins Family Law Team. The initiative’s

Law Society Consultation Response on Admissibility of Calderbank Offers in Costs Assessments in Financial Remedy Proceedings

The Law Society has considered the question of whether offers made “without prejudice save as to costs” should be considered under “conduct” when the court is assessing whether to make a costs order against a party in financial remedy proceedings.  Currently, the courts will consider any open offers made by the parties when assessing liability

What practical changes in Family Courts could provide increased protections for victims of domestic abuse?

The much-lauded Domestic Abuse Bill has fallen at Committee Stage as a result of the pre-election pro-rogation, with no clear commitment for it to be carried forward into the next parliament. The purpose of the Bill was to increase awareness around domestic abuse, improve the experience of victims in navigating the justice system and in

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