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. She defends robustly and prosecutes fairly and is generous with her time in favour of her clients.
SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME - A NOTE ON THE LITERATURE AND LEGAL CASES
Appointments & 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
R v M, St Alban’s CC, May 2017: Conspiracy to steal – multi-handed multiple car thefts and cloning, junior alone.
R v L, Nottingham CC, March 2017: Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and money laundering, junior alone
R v M, Winchester CC, Feb 2017: Murder, shaken baby syndrome, led junior
R v W, Croydon CC, 2016: Murder, no body recovered, led junior
R v M, Guildford CC: Conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment & torture, no complainant, junior alone.
R v G & R, Sheffield CC, March 2016: Breaches of Environmental Regulations, appeal against conviction, application for judicial review. (Sentence pending).
R v D, Leeds CC, 2016: Fraud and Breaches of Environmental Regulations, led junior.
R v H, Winchester CC, 2016: Attempted Murder of child, junior alone
R v S, Winchester CC 2016: Kidnap, junior alone.
Lecturing and Publications
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.).