Kathryn practices in domestic and international criminal law. She is an experienced jury advocate who is instructed alone and led in serious and complex cases in the Crown Court. She has been instructed alone to defend in cases of attempted murder, rape, and other serious cases involving drugs, violence and sexual offences. This year, in a multi-handed (‘cut throat’) gangland shooting trial, she was prosecuted by a silk for nine weeks at Northampton Crown Court. She has also prosecuted trials with multiple defendants, where there has been substantial amounts of evidence including cell site evidence to present to the jury. She recently prosecuted three defendants for a series of eight armed robberies on an 18-count indictment, securing convictions on all counts.
International Criminal Law
Kathryn has extensive experience in international criminal law for her year of call. 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 who 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 worked with Courtney Griffiths QC defending Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia.
Kathryn has built experience both prosecuting and defending in extradition. Her experience includes advising those instructing in matters of case strategy as well as conducting interlocutory and substantive extradition hearings. Most recently, Kathryn successfully responded on behalf of the Judicial Authority of Poland to a substantive appeal in the High Court, resulting in the appeal being dismissed by Mr Justice Silber.
- Criminal Defence
- International Crime and Human Rights
Appointments & Memberships
- Middle Temple Inn
- Bar Human Rights Committee
R v US 
Currently instructed as led junior for the second defendant in a fraud and money laundering case at Wood Green Crown Court.
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 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 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 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.