Areas of Expertise
Kate accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. She has developed a strong Personal Injury law practice and is regularly instructed for both Claimants and Defendants. Kate also has particular interest in Public and Regulatory work.
Prior to joining Civitas Law, Kate completed her pupillage working as a member of the defence team for the now president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, who was charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.
Kate is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public.
Kate has broad experience in administrative and public law, including Judicial Review proceedings, representing local authorities and defendants in anti-social behaviour injunction cases and housing law claims.
Kate is developing her Clinical Negligence practice and is willing to accept cases on a CFA where appropriate.
Kate has a broad commercial law practice including contract disputes, misrepresentation and sale of goods. She approaches cases with thorough preparation and a practical outlook from initial advice through to trial. Kate’s recent company law instructions include partnership disputes.
Kate has also dealt with a number of cases in relation to insolvency, debt recovery and mortgage enforcement.
Kate accepts instructions in construction and planning law. She has given presentations for a number of local authorities in areas including: Compulsory Purchase Orders; Land Assembly; Sales at Undervalue and State Aid and Community Asset Transfers. She also contributes to Westlaw Insight and has written a number of relevant articles including: 'Health and Safety Executive v Wolverhampton City Council  UKSC 24 – the final word on the relevance of financial considerations in the exercise of discretion under s.97 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990,' RTPI Cynllunio Magazine, Winter 2012.
Kate has also recently been instructed in an environmental prosecution.
Kate has a strong employment law practice advising and acting for both Respondents and Claimants in cases concerning a range of issues including unfair and constructive dismissal as well as discrimination.
She has also been instructed to hear dismissal appeals and grievances.
Kate represents Respondents in both the Jersey and Guernsey Employment Tribunals.
Kate accepts instructions in all areas of Housing Law practice and has particular experience in dealing with Anti Social Behaviour Injunction cases and possession claims.
Kate regularly appears in both the First and Upper Tribunals in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. She also has experience in immigration Judicial Review proceedings. She acts in cases involving, asylum and humanitarian protection as well as deportation, the application of the immigration rules and EEA regulations.
Kate has experience in representing interested parties at coroner’s inquests.
Kate has a busy Personal Injury practice dealing with both fast-track and multi-track cases. She represents both Claimants and Defendants in a range of work including Occupiers and Employers Liability, Road Traffic Accidents and claims by prisoners and against the police. She has recently been led in a five day Multi Track quantum trial and is currently advising on cases concerning historic sexual abuse.
Kate is also developing a practice in industrial disease cases including NIHL and HAVS.
Further, Kate regularly appears in Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority cases. She also appears in costs management hearings and detailed assessment hearings and has been involved in advising on and drafting points of dispute for a Court of Appeal case.
Kate has acted for the Police in various hearings including those relating to Sexual Offences Prevention Orders and the Police Property Act.
She also advises on and acts in cases involving claims for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, trespass, misfeasance in public office and breach of the Human Rights Act 1998.
In chancery law Kate has particular experience and interest in trusts, and real property. She also acts in and advises on cases concerning easements and estoppel.
Kate has represented various prosecuting agencies such as the Royal Mail Legal Services and acted for the Police in various hearings including Sexual Offences Prevention Orders and the Police Property Act. She also has experience in licensing appeals.
Kate has particular experience in cases concerning constructive trusts and the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. She also acts in a wide range of trusts cases and has experience in advising on contentious probate matters.