Kate joined chambers as a tenant in 2011 following successful completion of her pupillage. She studied for her LLB at Cardiff University where she also undertook the BVC, obtaining the grade of Outstanding with the highest number of assessments graded as Outstanding in her year group. She also received the Oxford University Press Prize for the highest mark in Civil Procedure.
Kate’s practice has quickly developed throughout her time in chambers and she now undertakes a broad spectrum of commercial work, with particular experience in Insolvency and Company matters, Banking, Property, and general contractual disputes. Kate has also developed a Regulatory practice alongside her commercial work and she is often instructed to both advise and conduct trials in all aspects of regulatory law. Kate has been instructed in matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal this year through this strand of her practice.
Kate has been described as a tenacious advocate and she combines this with strong commercial acumen. She takes a practical approach when dealing with clients’ cases and is often asked to advise of the most commercially viable and practical solution for the client.
Kate enjoys watching and playing sport, in particular boxing, she will also be running the London marathon next year.
Qualifications and Appointments:
- LLB (Hons), Cardiff University
- BVC (Outstanding), Cardiff Law School
- Young Barristers’ Committee to the Bar Council (2012)
- Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA)
- Midland Circuit
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Kate has a keen interest in regulatory law and is often instructed to both prosecute and defend in a wealth of regulatory cases. She appears in matters prosecuted by local authorities, the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the Fire and Rescue Service. Kate was appointed to the Attorney General’s Criminal Panel in her first year tenancy at Chambers.
Upon completing her pupillage Kate was seconded for a three month period to the Legal Services department of the Environment Agency. This invaluable insight into regulatory offences from the point of investigation has enabled her to construct cases with a balanced in-depth perspective.
A confident and persuasive advocate with a wealth of trial experience, Kate takes a pragmatic view and has an approachable manner which means that she is always willing to talk matters through on the telephone and offer advice.+ Add to Brochure
Following a three month secondment to the Legal Services Department of the Environment Agency, Kate is regularly instructed by the Agency and local authorities in Environmental matters.
Kate has conducted trials concerning the importation of waste, the illegal deposit of waste, illegal abstraction of groundwater and the impoundment of streams. She has also been concerned in lengthy legal argument as to the interpretation of European waste Law.+ Add to Brochure
Health & Safety, Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter
Kate has been instructed in a variety of health and safety matters including an action bought by the Health and Safety Executive for the deliberate exposure of employees to asbestos. Kate has also prosecuted health and safety matters, including successfully appearing for a Local Authority in a four day trial concerning breaches of health and safety legislation in a number of care homes.
More recently Kate has been instructed in a matter prosecuted by West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service concerning several breaches of fire safety legislation.+ Add to Brochure
Trading Standards, Consumer Protection & Food Safety
Kate has appeared in matters ranging from food safety within a supermarket to illegal money lending and infringement of an internationally recognised trademark for a market leading brand.+ Add to Brochure