Kate prosecutes and defends across all areas of Chambers’ work. Kate has prosecuted on behalf of HMRC, FACT (formerly the Federation Against Copyright Theft), DVSA and the National Probation Service, and is a CPS Panel Advocate (Grade 1). Kate represents clients before the Health & Care Professions Council and Parole Boards. Kate has particular experience working with young and vulnerable clients - including those with schizophrenia, ADHD and personality disorders - and regularly works with both intermediaries and interpreters within the same trial.
Outside court, Kate directs the Schools Consent Project, a charity which delivers workshops to 11-18 year olds on the legal definition of consent and key sexual offences. Since 2014, the charity has spoken to over 6000 students in schools across the UK. Kate has appeared on BBC Panorama, BBC Newsnight, BBC Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio Ulster and in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Huffington Post, New Statesman and Vice on the charity’s work and the current legislative landscape.
Kate is currently advising Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health magazines in respect of their reference to criminal legislation in their content for young people.
Euribor trial (Southwark Crown Court - ongoing)
Second junior to Duncan Penny QC representing a Deutsche Bank trader allegedly involved in manipulation of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (‘Euribor’) benchmark.
R v Faithfull (Kingston Crown Court)
Successful defence of a client charged with having a bladed article. During the trial, the defendant and defence witness were allegedly overheard by the OIC colluding about their evidence in the court bathrooms – a matter which was cross-examined on before the jury.
R v Knight (Inner London Crown Court)
Successful defence of a client charged with handling stolen goods. Prior to the trial, the prosecution’s bad character application in respect of the defendant’s 10 recent dishonesty convictions was resolved in favour of the defence.
R v Jackson (Kingston Crown Court)
Sentencing hearing for a client convicted after trial of section 20 and ABH. The defendant carried out an unprovoked attack against a stranger at a bus stop, during which the victim was punched and kicked multiple times and required facial reconstruction surgery. The client received a suspended sentence.
R v Din (Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court)
Successful defence of a carer charged with the assault of his elderly patient. The case involved expert medical evidence and legal arguments in respect of hearsay, bad character and section 78 PACE 1984.
R v Guy (Stevenage Magistrates’ Court)
Represented a client who faced four charges of sexual assault, having groped four women’s feet in Sainsbury’s. The Magistrates acquitted on the basis that the touching was not ‘sexual’ under section 78 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
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 involved a Newton hearing in respect of a breach of a non-molestation order which was resolved in favour of the defence.
R v Chick (Stevenage Magistrates’ Court)
Secured an acquittal for a client 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 behavior towards court staff.
Three New Tenants
23 September 2016
Towards a better robotics: sex dolls, consent and criminal liability
06 September 2017
‘Revenge porn’ law: a year’s reflection
17 June 2016