Year of Call 2010
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 at Nottingham Law School. Kate is also a Grade 2 Prosecutor.
Prior to Bar School Kate achieved an LLB Law Degree 2:1 from the University of Sheffield.
Before being called to the Bar, Kate undertook a significant number of work placements, mini pupillages and other court related activities to further her practical education in preparation for practice. Kate worked at a firm of solicitors in Cambridge in order to gain insight into the working life of a solicitor and how the two limbs of the legal profession interact on a daily basis.
Kate has been involved in a number of pro bono projects whilst undertaking her studies. These include FRU and Pro Uno (a pro bono organisation carrying out legal research for mental health charities).
Summary – Civil law
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.
Summary – Criminal law
Kate regularly receives instructions from both the prosecution and defence solicitors. She appears in both the Crown and Magistrates Courts and has experience of trials, preliminary hearings, interim hearings and sentencing in a variety of areas of criminal law. She also has experience of drafting advices for both the CPS and defence solicitors including advices on appeals. Recently she has been instructed by the Leicestershire Probation Service and the DWP to prosecute contested matters.
Summary – Family law
Kate is briefed in all aspects of Family Law. She has an excellent working knowledge of both public and private law matters. She regularly receives instructions to represent parents, children and other extended family members in care proceedings.
“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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