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Kate accepts instructions across Chambers’ criminal practice areas, regularly acting for both the prosecution and the defence.
During her pupillage, Kate gained exposure to a wide variety of criminal work including homicide, serious violence, RASSO, burglary, weapons and drugs offences. She has experience prosecuting and defending in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court.
Before coming to the Bar, Kate assisted vulnerable clients to navigate the court system with Support Through Court. This, combined with other pro bono work with the housing and immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, has given her a strong understanding of the challenges facing individuals as they journey through the legal system, and she is therefore well placed to assist them.
Kate previously worked as a paralegal, specialising in insurance and regulatory matters, which included overseeing cases involving investigations by HSE and the Insolvency Service. Kate regularly engaged with clients and was actively involved in negotiating settlements.
CPS Panel appointments
General Crime Level 2
R v C, Leicester Crown Court  – acted as led junior for the defence in an attempted murder. A number of changes were made to the trial process to ensure the defendant, who was a youth, was able to effectively participate. He was acquitted of attempted murder.
R v S, Aylesbury Crown Court  – defended a man charged with wounding with intent. The case involved complex legal arguments on procedure, as well as the admissibility of the client’s previous conviction for wounding with intent and his previous offer of a guilty plea to wounding, neither of which were allowed into evidence.
R v B & Ors, Oxford Magistrates’ Court  – prosecuted 4 defendants who caused around £175,000 worth of lost revenue to a business as part of a protest. The case involved legal argument about the application of Articles 10 and 11 of the ECHR to the offence of aggravated trespass, as well as the application of the necessity defence to acts of civil disobedience.
R v C, Cambridge Crown Court  – acted for the respondent in an appeal against conviction for section 20 wounding.
Cardiff University, Law LBB: First Class
The University of Law, Bar Practice Course: Very Competent
Women in Criminal Law
Grade 2 CPS Prosecutor