She is meticulous and good with clients, always remembering that the case is about them and not the lawyers. She is good at drafting, clever, and brave on her feet. She does not shy away from difficult issues.The Legal 500, 2021
Kate is a human rights and public law specialist, with an emphasis on inquests, judicial review and civil actions against public authorities. She has a developing Court of Protection practice. Kate was instructed as junior counsel for 22 families in the Hillsborough inquests (2014 to 2016).
She also specialises in international human rights law.
Kate is recommended in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 in Administrative and Public Law, Inquests and Inquiries and Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Kate conducts all types of public law challenge and has a particular interest in cases involving international human rights law. She has substantial experience of bringing judicial review proceedings in the prison law context, including those involving Parole Board decision-making, unlawful detention, prisoner treatment and discrimination. She has also represented and advised claimants in judicial review claims connected with inquests, police matters including decisions of the IPCC, mental health, homelessness and education law. She also has experience of making applications to intervene, including in high-profile cases.
Kate also has experience of representing individuals faced with injunction proceedings, most notably gang injunctions. Her most recent ‘gangbo’ case involved legal argument as to the requirements of article 6 ECHR in this context and resulted in the injunction application being discontinued against her client. Examples of Kate’s work includes:
Kate has substantial experience in coronial law and frequently represents bereaved families at inquests, in particular those involving state culpability. She was instructed on behalf of 22 families in the Hillsborough inquests.
Kate is particularly interested in the parameters of article 2 and is experienced in conducting arguments about the engagement of article 2 in non-standard cases such as those raising issues about the obligations of local authorities dealing with vulnerable children, probation authorities supervising offenders on licence and the obligations of mental health trusts concerning the risks poses by informal patients and those otherwise in their care.
Kate’s experience of representing bereaved families in death in custody cases includes those focusing on ACCT procedures, record keeping and information sharing, and the adequacy of health provision, including mental health provision, for prisoners. She is regularly instructed in inquests touching upon the deaths of formal and informal mental health patients. Kate also deals with inquests considering systemic, tactical and operational policing, including those involving domestic violence, police negotiators and firearms officers.
Kate’s inquest law practice is complemented by her experience in prison law and judicial review.
Kate deals with all aspects of prison law, with an emphasis on judicial review proceedings (see above). She advises and represents claimant prisoners in all types of judicial review challenge including unlawful detention, Parole Board decisions and procedure, categorisation and adjudications, and has experience of bringing habeas corpus applications. She is also experienced in conducting all types of hearing before the Parole Board and has a particular interest in discrimination claims arising in the prison sphere. In addition, Kate has a background in criminal law and has conducted appeal proceedings arising from her prison law practice, notably appeals against IPP sentences and in respect of unlawful sentences and references to the CCRC. Examples of Kate’s work includes:
Kate’s developing Court of Protection experience includes acting on behalf of disabled adults in welfare cases, in particular those involving deprivation of liberty.
Kate has a background in discrimination law, having conducted cases before the Employment Tribunal and EAT with particular emphasis on equal pay litigation. She now deals with discrimination in the public law context and in relation to public authorities (see above). Kate also has considerable experience representing professionals in fitness to practise proceedings before the HCPC and NMC. Examples of Kate’s work includes:
Kate is a specialist in international human rights law. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) since 2018. She completed a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (Distinction) at the University of Oxford in 2012.
Kate regularly undertakes advisory and drafting work in IHRL. She has worked with a number of organisations including Oxfam, Advocates for International Development and the Environmental Defender Law Center on a range of international human rights law issues, including fair trial rights, the intersection of IHRL and the environment (impact on local communities of extractive industry and palm oil development) and the export assessment provisions dealing with IHRL and gender based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.
As a Member of the BHRC Kate has also carried out extensive work on IHRL. She is a contributor to the IBAHRI Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk (launched 24 Jan 2020) and has worked on a range of other human rights issues, including undertaking research for an amicus brief to the Guantanamo Bay Military Tribunal on torture derived evidence and providing research and drafting assistance for an amicus brief in the case of David Ravelo, a Colombian human rights defender.
Kate co-drafted the ECHR application arising from the Hillsborough disaster alleging breach of the state’s procedural obligation under article 2 (Harrison and others v UK Application no. 44301/13)
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