Partners and Senior Management
- Family Law
- Collaborative Law
Based in the Bridgend office, Katie McColgan has been a partner at Berry Smith since 1998 and was one of the original members when the firm first opened in 1986.
Katie has considerable experience and expertise in working with families having been practising as a family lawyer for nearly 25 years. Since qualifying in 1986, she has quickly become a leading authority in her field, qualifying in 1992 as the first family mediator in Wales (being in the top 100 finalists of the Cosmopolitan Young Women of Achievement that year) and being the Chair of Family Mediators (South Wales) Limited from 1996 to date.
In 1996/7, Katie was the Chair of the South Wales Interdisciplinary Committee and the South Wales Representative in the National Interdisciplinary Committee.
In 2000 Katie achieved Accreditation as a member of Resolution, the nationwide regulatory body of family lawyers committed to resolving matters through negotiation and collaboration and in 2007, she qualified as only the third collaborative family lawyer in Wales and is currently a member of the Welsh group of collaborative lawyers.
In 2010, Katie achieved further accreditation in the specialism of Domestic Violence, being the only Resolution Accredited Domestic Violence Specialist in the Bridgend area.
Then in November 2012, Katie qualified as the first solicitor Family Arbitrator in Wales and is a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Katie is a trustee of a charity to deal with the opening and operation of the first Contact Centre in Bridgend.
Katie is a regular contributor to the press, radio and television and for years ran a column in the Glamorgan Gazette and subsequently in the magazine Kids Come First.
She is a member of the Vale Business Women’s Club and Business Network Wales and currently undertakes voluntary work as the Vice President of a regional youth organisation for South East Wales. In her previous spare time has worked as a voluntary youth and children worker and a volunteer adult women’s teacher.
Katie is listed as “recommended” and “well respected” in the independent Legal 500 guide to the legal profession.