Senior Associate
Kate Saunders

Law is what Kate wanted to do from an early age, it has never been anything different. Law feeds her desire to learn and keeps her on her toes as no two days are ever the same, especially in this niche area of contentious probate.   


Following her law degree and a year out on placement, Kate worked within the wills and probate team, at Irwin Mitchell and it was here she completed her training contract and qualified as a Solicitor. It was a surprise to her that she became a litigator, having been sure prior to commencing her training contact that she would prefer the non-contentious work. However, the litigious seats and particularly the opportunity to train in contentious probate during that period changed the preconceptions.  The challenging and varied work and the opportunity tr work closely to help and support clients at a very difficult time in their lives (when losing a loved one) was appealing.  

After fourteen years at Irwin Mitchell, five of which were spent in their will disputes team, she moved to IDR Law.  The opportunity of working for a firm specialising solely in contested inheritance disputes and that enabled flexible working hours around family time was too good an offer to turn down and better suited to help juggle the needs of her young family and work.      

‘Practicing in law has it’s challenges and achieving that work-life balance can be incredibly difficult.  At IDR Law, I feel lucky to have found a firm that offers both good quality work and the added bonus of flexibility in working hours”  

Kate is a member of the Associate of Contentious Trust and Probate Society, having qualified for membership due to her years of experience in this area of law.   

As well as her dedication to her work and helping her clients, in her free time she is also dedicated to her two young girls.  

To relax, Kate enjoys walking, which helps calm the noise of an otherwise busy life, listening to music and spending time with her family. Kate is also a twin, but not identical mind!