Kathryn’s practice encompasses criminal law, extradition and international criminal law. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, and the Crown Court (including against Queen’s Counsel).
Kathryn prosecutes and defends in serious and complex cases in the Crown Court. She is experienced in prosecuting multiple defendants; defendants in person; dealing with vulnerable witnesses and complainants; and presenting and challenging expert evidence. Her recent prosecution caseload has included prosecuting (as a led junior) a people trafficking case, instructed by the CPS Complex Case Unit. Kathryn has been instructed alone to defend in cases of attempted murder, rape, and other serious cases involving drugs, violence and sexual offences.
Kathryn has substantial experience in both prosecuting and defending in extradition. She represents clients at interlocutory and substantive extradition hearings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and in the High Court.
International Criminal Law
Kathryn has extensive experience of international criminal law. She worked in The Hague for a number of years on cases involving war crimes and crimes against humanity. She was part of the team that successfully defended President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, the first incumbent Head of State to be tried by the International Criminal Court, led by Steven Kay QC. At the Special Court for Sierra Leone, she was part of the team who defended Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia. The team was led by Courtney Griffiths QC.
- International Criminal Law
Appointments & Memberships
- Middle Temple Inn
- Level 3 Prosecutor
R v Ebbs (Chris)  EWCA Crim 175
Successful appeal against sentence. The Appellant had pleaded guilty to an affray and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. Appealed on the basis that the learned judge should have ordered a pre-sentence report and could and should have imposed a suspended sentence. Appeal allowed. The Court praised Kathryn’s “cogent advice on appeal” and “equally cogent and succinct submissions.”
R v DW 
Prosecuted a defendant in person in an armed robbery case at Northampton Crown Court. The defendant was convicted and was sentenced to 17 years’ custody.
R v TC, RC and ME 
Prosecuted three co-defendants for a series of eight robberies at Birmingham Crown Court. All defendants were convicted of each count.
R v GH, DZ, LB and GH 
People trafficking. Prosecution Junior. Conspiracy to arrange for women to travel to the UK to work in the sex trade. The first and second defendants received a total of 8 years’ imprisonment. Advised in relation to European Investigation Orders and disclosure.
R v DF 
Represented the second of five defendants in a multi-handed ‘gang-land shooting’ trial, prosecuted by a Silk and Junior. The case was a ‘cut-throat’ and involved substantial legal argument including hearsay applications, hostile witnesses, privilege, character and disclosure of evidence discovered during the trial. The defendant accepted accompanying the first defendant to the shooting but denied knowing that the deceased was going to be shot. This was accepted by the jury who acquitted him of s.18 and convicted him of the lesser s.20 offence.
R v US 
Led junior for the second defendant in a long and complex fraud and money laundering case at Wood Green Crown Court.
R v PS 
Instructed alone to defend the first defendant in a multi-handed attempted murder trial at Basildon Crown Court. The defendant was alleged to have used a samurai sword to attack on the complainant. The defendant pleaded guilty to section 18 on the day of trial after receiving a good year indication. He was sentenced to eight years’ custody.
R v AH 
Successfully defended in a rape and false imprisonment case at Snaresbrook Crown Court. No evidence offered against the defendant following investigation of matters raised by the Defence in the section 41 application.
R v KF 
Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with causing serious injury through dangerous driving at Kingston Crown court. There was CCTV footage of the defendant colliding with the pedestrian on the pavement, propelling him into the air. The defence was duress.
R v DM 
Secured an acquittal for the first defendant in a cut-throat section 18 trial at Wood Green Crown Court. The complainant had been stabbed in the back and had received a punctured lung. The defence was self-defence.
R v ME 
Successful half time submission made in an armed robbery case at Kingston Crown Court.
R v DB 
Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm in a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
R v CB 
Secured an acquittal at Basildon Crown Court in a case in which the complainant had picked out the defendant in an identity parade and gave evidence to say she was 100 per cent sure that it was the defendant who mugged her in the street.
R v JD 
Represented a 16 year old defendant in his trial for s.18 wounding at Croydon Crown Court. The complainant had been hit twice over the head with an iron bar in an unprovoked attack. Persuaded the court not to impose a custodial sentence.
Prosecutor v Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta [2012 – 2015]
International Criminal Court
Led by Steven Kay QC and Gillian Higgins in the defence of President Kenyatta of Kenya, who faced charges of crimes against humanity. He was the first incumbent Head of State to appear before the International Criminal Court. The Defence successfully challenged the prosecution through close scrutiny of tens of thousands of pages of evidence, investigation, and legal argument, which resulted in the charges being withdrawn.
Prosecutor v Charles Ghankay Taylor [2009 – 2012]
Special Court for Sierra Leone
Legal Consultant to Courtenay Griffiths QC in the defence of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting in The Hague.