Kate Parker joined chambers in October 2016, having successfully completed her pupillage. She appears in both Magistrates Courts and the Crown Court, and represents prisoners serving IPP sentences before Parole Boards. Kate is a CPS Panel Advocate (level 1).
Prior to pupillage, Kate worked as a paralegal at Peters & Peters where she assisted on a number of cross-jurisdictional asset-freezing cases, a review of a multinational company’s internal anti-bribery and corruption policies, and drafted speeches for conferences including the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry (BACFI). Kate also founded the Schools Consent Project - a charity which delivers workshops to 11-18 year olds on the legal definition of consent, key sexual offences, ‘sexting’ and ‘revenge porn’. Since its inaugural workshop in March 2015, the Schools Consent Project has delivered workshops to over 4000 students at schools across the UK, including Westminster, Godolphin & Latymer and Eton College.
R v Mahamad (Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court)
Successful defence of a client charged with assault by beating. The trial involved both an intermediary and an interpreter, and the client suffered from schizophrenia.
R v Guy (Stevenage Magistrates’ Court)
Represented a client faced with four charges of sexual assault, having groped four women’s feet in Sainsbury’s. Having heard evidence from four complainants, the Magistrates acquitted on the basis that such touching was not ‘sexual’ under section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
R v Chick (Stevenage Magistrates’ Court)
Secured an acquittal where client was alleged to have spat in the face of her daughter’s head teacher. The client was banned from the court building during the trial owing to her aggressive behaviour.
R v Barrett (Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court)
Successful defence of a client charged with common assault, having allegedly punched his girlfriend, pulled a knife on her, and forcibly removed her child from her flat. The trial also involved a Newton hearing in respect of a breach of a non-molestation order, which was resolved in favour of the defence.
R v Miller (Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court)
Represented a client charged with stalking, having placed an electronic tracking device underneath his wife’s car. The Magistrates were persuaded that such an act did not amount to ‘a course of conduct’ under section 2A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and acquitted.
R v Medve (Stratford Magistrates’ Court)
Sentencing hearing for a man who pleaded guilty to one charge of speeding. Despite travelling at 88mph in a 40mph zone (a speed outside the top category of the sentencing guidelines), the defendant avoided disqualification.
R v Jackson (Kingston Crown Court)
Sentencing hearing for a man convicted after trial of section 20 and ABH. The defendant was involved in an unprovoked attack against a stranger at a bus stop. The victim was punched and kicked multiply and required facial reconstruction surgery. He received a suspended sentence.
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