Summary

Kate was called to the Bar in 2010 after a highly successful academic career which culminated in the award of a “Very Competent” mark on the Bar Vocational Course.

Kate became a tenant at KCH Garden Square Barristers in October 2011 where she continues to practice today specialising in criminal law. She is a tenacious and analytical trial advocate with advanced legal research skills. She is regularly instructed to provide written advices including charging advice for the CPS on complex cases. Kate is a skilled negotiator and has extensive experience of drafting legal arguments, witness handling and trial advocacy.

 

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Civil

Kate has experience ranging from small claims to multi-track cases. She is regularly instructed to write opinions and draft pleadings on a variety of claims. She has recently co-authored an article published in the Solicitors Journal on personal injury claims for injuries suffered abroad.

Kate is also instructed to appear in multi-day Employment Tribunals.

Crime

Kate undertakes complex casework in the Crown Court. Her experience includes prosecuting and defending multi-handed trials on a regular basis including:

Serious financial crime: Tax and VAT fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, POCA offences and all aspects of confiscation proceedings. She is regularly instructed by the Welfare and Rural Health division of the CPS to prosecute high value and complex benefit frauds.

Serious violent crime: Section 18 and 20 assaults, multi-handed affrays and domestic violence.

Drugs offences: Supply, possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply class A drugs and below.

Attachment with the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police

Kate was selected by the Kalisher Trust to undertake a six-month attachment with the City of London Police in the area of economic crime in the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED). At the end of the six months IFED extended the attachment for a further six months.

As part of the attachment Kate has provided advice on complex, paper-heavy cases involving serious financial crime.

She has specifically advised on cross-border assistance including applying for European Investigation Orders as a result of a recent EU Directive, powers of arrest in different jurisdictions, which countries have jurisdiction to prosecute offences, all investigative lines of enquiry, production orders, excluded and special procedure material, charging, confiscation, cyber-crime including the use of Bitcoins in money laundering and the likelihood of success at trial.

Kate advised extensively during the investigation and successful prosecution of the recent, highly publicised case of R v Arafa Nassib and Adil Kasim, in which a Mother faked her own death in Zanzibar so that her son could make a fraudulent life insurance claim for £136,000.

In addition Kate has gained invaluable experience in the field with the officers at IFED. She has been present during the execution of search warrants, arrests and interviews.

Family

Kate receives instructions in all aspects of private law, she is public access qualified and is regularly instructed on this basis.

References

“Kate attended a Preliminary Hearing in Leicester on a Small Claims matter. I was impressed by her friendly and professional approach to discussing this matter prior to the Hearing and her initiative in asking the Judge to consider striking out the Defence and entering Judgment accordingly, which was granted. Prior to the Hearing, I had made Kate aware of the difficulties my client had encountered as a result of the Court’s numerous orders and delay in typing those orders. My client is now over the moon by the result Kate achieved, particularly considering the Defendant has now made payment in full to avoid the Judgment being typed.”

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