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Practice areas

Crime, Immigration

Year of call: 2004


Kate’s practice encompasses the broad spectrum of criminal law. Kate is known for being well prepared, thorough and standing her ground. She has a good manner with clients and has been praised for her sensitive handling of vulnerable witnesses.

Kate has considerable advocacy experience in the Crown Court, Administrative Court and Court of Appeal. She has also good experience of Court Martials, Parole Board Hearings and in proceedings in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals (Immigration and Asylum).

She is a Grade 3 Prosecutor and has been appointed to the panel of advocates authorised to prosecute ‘Serious Sexual Offences’.

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Crime

Fraud/Dishonesty

Kate is well versed in handling complex cases with significant volumes of paperwork. She has considerable experience prosecuting and defending fraud matters including mortgage fraud, benefit fraud, false representation and abuse of position. Kate is regularly instructed in cases that involve money laundering and applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act, including high-value confiscation proceedings. Kate has also acted for the Office of Immigration Services Commission in relation to the prosecution of unregulated immigration advisers.

Sexual Offences

Kate has prosecuted and defended in a number of cases that involve serious allegations of a sexual nature. She is known for her calm approach and sensitive witness handling in these matters. She has experience in drafting Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and dealing with breaches of such orders.

Drugs Offences

Kate has prosecuted and defended numerous drugs related offences from importation of illegal drugs, to the cultivation of cannabis and supply of illegal drugs. She has experience in cases that involve UKBA, undercover officers and covert intelligence. She has recently prosecuted offences in relation to an 8-month covert drug supply investigation, Operation Plastron.

Firearms/Offensive Weapons

Kate has experience in matters that involve expert evidence in relation to the classification of weapons and ammunition. She has considerable experience in prosecuting and defending matters in relation to the range of offensive weapons and bladed articles.

Violent Offences

Kate’s experience also includes prosecuting and defending cases of a violent nature, often gang-related. This includes public order offences (including multi-handed affrays), ABH and serious assaults (s20 wounding and GBH with intent) and multi-handed robberies.

Appellate Work

Kate has appeared for clients in the Appeal Courts on numerous occasions. These matters have included appeals to the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum). A number of her cases have been reported:

  • Chaney v R.[2009] EWCA Crim 21: As a result of submissions made by Kate in this appeal against conviction, significant changes were made in police practice when identifying suspects from CCTV.
  • R v Keane & others [2010] EWCA Crim 2514: Kate appeared on behalf of the Crown in this matter which involved s76 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act which set out statutory provisions for the defence of self-defence for the first time. She won the appeal and was commended by Lord Justice Hughes (Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division) for “clear, focused and concise submissions despite coming into the case extremely recently”.
  • Dewar v DPP [2010] All ER (D) 83 (Jan); In this case Kate succeeded in getting her client’s conviction for ABH overturned. In this case, which involved the legal issue of ‘self-defence’, Lord Justice Collins and Mr Justice Silber agreed that the reasons for Mr Dewar’s conviction were “individually, and cumulatively, inadequate and wrong and could not justify the finding of guilt”.
  • SSHD v Ghosh (2015) Upper Tribunal (Immigration): Kate successfully represented the appellant in this immigration matter which dealt with physical and mental health issues and rights in relation to Articles 5 and 8 of the Human Rights Act. As a result of the successful appeal the elderly appellant was reunited with her family in the UK.

Immigration

Kate undertakes work in all areas of immigration, nationality and asylum law and practice. She is instructed on a regular basis to conduct appeals at the Immigration and Asylum Chambers.


Recent Cases

  • R v WD: (Oxford Crown Court) sole defence counsel in a 3 week trial defending WD accused of 22 counts of historic sexual offences on 17 different complainants. This case involved an abuse of process argument, dealing with large amounts of unused material and challenging the evidence of a large number of prosecution witnesses.
  • R v HM (Blackfriars Crown Court) This case involved the prosecution of a Radio DJ accused of raping a 17 year old girl. Legal argument in this case revolved around the admissibility of evidence in the unused material concerning the complainant’s mental health.
  • R v C&C (Basildon Crown Court) Prosecuting co-defendants accused of fraud by false representation and making false documents. This case relates to making false representations in order to secure £290,000 of funding for a start-up business.
  • R v A (Central Criminal Court): Prosecuting a defendant for money-laundering (approx £200,000) and benefits fraud. This case involved a large-scale financial investigation, substantial documentation and expert forensic accounting evidence.
  • R v JB (Fareham Youth Court): Successfully defended a young man accused of sexually assaulting his 15-year old step-sister. This case was extremely difficult and emotional for all involved. The Judge in this matter, by way of letter to the Head of Chambers, praised Kate for her “sensitive and effective cross -examination of the complainant in difficult circumstances”.
  • R v D (Croydon Crown Court): Prosecuting a man in relation to possession of indecent images (300 images) and making obscene images and videos of his neighbour’s daughter, aged 6 years old. This included drafting a post-conviction SHPO.
  • R v SA (Luton Crown Court): Successful prosecution of a man in relation to supplying drugs to an undercover officer on a number of occasions. This matter involved applying for witness anonymity for the undercover officer and dealing with sensitive disclosure issues. After conviction the defendant was sentenced to a 7-year minimum term for a 3rd drug trafficking offence.
  • R v McG&P (Croydon Crown Court): Successful prosecution of 2 defendants who had imported a large quantity of Class A drugs from Jamaica (1kg). This 6 day trial involved the review of sensitive material schedules in relation to intelligence used to identify smugglers.
  • R v C (Aylesbury Crown Court): Prosecution of a trial that involved legal argument in relation to prohibited firearms and whether component parts constituted a firearm within section 57 of the Firearms Act 1968.
  • R v WV (Winchester Crown Court): In this case Kate successfully defended a man accused of historic sexual assault on his 6-year-old niece in spite of the defendant having a previous conviction for sexual assault on another young family member.

Placements

2005: In-house paralegal work at Kingsley Napley and Cameron McKenna assisting with litigation preparation and document review in relation to large and complex fraud matters.

2007: 2-month secondment with CPS prosecuting a range of crimes in the Balham and Stratford Youth Courts.

2008: 3 -week placement with CPS in Portsmouth, litigation support.

2014: 6-months acting for the Home Office in Immigration and Asylum Appeals.

2014: 4-month advisory role with Special Appeals Unit of the Home Office advising on Human Rights Appeals to the Upper Tribunal.

Education

  • BA (Hons)(History & Politics) Newcastle University
  • BVC and GDL (Commendation)
  • BPP Law School (Very Competent)

Inn

  • Middle Temple