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Kate’s practice comprises, criminal defence work and some environmental crime. She also appears as an advocate in regulatory hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Kate has appeared in the Criminal Courts up to and including the Court of Appeal.
As a duty-advocate she has represented suspects under arrest at various police stations and for most offences including murder, kidnap and rape.
Her work as Counsel, and her scientific background, have given her expertise in forensic pathology as well as medical jurisprudence.
She is adept at understanding complex and key issues of law and can quickly attach the critical areas of relevant law immediately to the case. She is known for being tenacious and hard working, with a good sense of humour. She displays patience with the lay client, taking time to ensure they are confident with the defence and sympathetic to the difficulties associated with the proceedings.
CPS Panel appointments
General Crime Level 4
R v T, Kingston CC – Violent Disorder, Grievous Bodily Harm with intent, possession weapons.
R v L, Guildford CC, Historical Sexual Offences.
R v D, Winchester CC, Attempt Murder, Led Junior.
R v D, Leeds CC, Cultivation of Cannabis, Commercial Scale.
R v M, Snaresbrook CC, Kidnapping, Robbery and Assault.
2011 – 2016: Member of a legal team which conducts ‘trials’ at the Natural History Museum as part of the Museum’s Crime Scene Nights. In 2012, this event was awarded Gold in the Eventia Industry Awards for best use of public space and received further awards for best use of technology and public involvement. It is a forensic science night and culminates in a trial where the experts are questioned as to their findings.
2011 – 2015: Visiting lecturer to the New York Law School where Kate delivered seminars in various areas of English Law and has been involved in examinations of advocacy.
2008: Spoke at the Cheltenham Science Festival on the dangers of using Brain Imaging (a new development in science) as a possible means to detect criminal intent.
2005: Contributed to the publication entitled ‘Collective Employment Rights and Trade Union Law’, editing the chapter on Criminal Offences. (Humphreys, 2nd Edition, 2006).
2003 – 2014: Invited to deliver lectures at the Specialist Training Unit of the Ministry of Defence at RAF Halton where she continued as a visiting lecturer on the Law and Policy Course and also the Environmental Liabilities course. (She is now a director of the company which provided the service).
Upon completion of her degree at Kingston University in 1998, Kate was invited to teach on the Environmental Law and Policy Course at the School of Earth Sciences. Initially, she undertook the tutorial sessions and eventually was responsible for the entire taught module. Responsible for teaching Environmental Law and Policy on the Masters of Science Course (MSc.).
Appoinments & Memberships
Duty Advocate – Dual Qualification conferred by the Bar Council and LSC (Dual Capacity) (from 2012 onwards)
Director – Environmental Compliance Online Limited (from 2012 onwards)
International Association of Irish Lawyers – Chairperson 2007 – 2012