Kate's principal areas of practice are employment law and commercial litigation, including employment-related tax. She frequently represents clients in the Employment Tribunal, High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal. In 2016, Kate appeared in the Court of Appeal without a leader and the Supreme Court as a junior.
Kate is listed as a leading barrister in Chambers UK, 2017 and Legal 500, 2017. Chambers UK describes Kate as "an experienced High Court and tribunal advocate" who is "diligent, clever, good with clients and great at cross-examination, she's everything you want in a junior barrister".” The Legal 500 states that "her advocacy compares favourably even to more senior practitioners."
In 2013, Kate was appointed Junior Counsel on the Attorney General's C Panel.
Kate is a contributing author to Tottel’s Discrimination Law (Bloomsbury Professional) and has had various articles published.
"Her advocacy compares favourably even to more senior practitioners." - Tax (corporate), Legal 500 2017
Represents high-profile employers and large banking institutions in all manner of employment matters, with specific focus on issues involving tax complications. She is highly regarded for her impressive client-handling skills. "She is an excellent junior counsel who keeps on growing in her practice." "She is exceptionally good with clients - she puts them at ease and is responsive." Successfully defended Network Rail in an equal pay and unlawful deductions claim brought by employees following contested job-banding after a TUPE transfer from Amey. - Employment, Chambers UK 2017
"Her forensic analysis and eye for detail are excellent" - Tax: Corporate, Legal 500 2016
"Practises in employment, commercial and tax law, and is an experienced High Court and tribunal advocate. She is noted as being a hard worker who gets results for her clients. "Diligent, clever, good with clients and great at cross-examination, she's everything you want in a junior barrister." "She's an absolute joy and is very approachable, and very easy to work with." Acted for Barclays Bank in a claim brought by a former employee alleging disability discrimination, part-time worker discrimination and unfair dismissal." - Employment, Chambers UK 2016
"A baby junior who is widely considered to be able well beyond her years of call. She has standout expertise on the crossover between employment and tax. Expertise: "Absolutely fantastic and very tenacious in cross-examination." "She produces Rolls-Royce witness statements, has a very nice style with witnesses and judges, and always delivers."" - Employment, Chambers UK 2015
"Kate achieved an excellent result and did a fantastic job presenting the case. The client was over the moon with the result and went out of her way to tell me how impressed she had been with Kate" - Partner, Clyde & Co.
"Kate’s work was excellent. The standard of her preparation, advocacy and client care has undoubtedly helped us re-enforce our relationship with an important client" - Baites Wells and Braithwaite
"Kate did a stunning job. I was really impressed with her cross examination and submissions. Very good client and witness handling skills too." - Instructing Solicitor, City firm
Kate is listed in Chambers UK 2017 as an 'Up and Coming Leader in their Field' for Employment. She regularly represents clients in high value and multi-day tribunal claims, as well as appeal hearings before the EAT. Kate's clients include international airlines, high street chains, supermarkets, banks, beauty brands, health care providers, charities and a wide range of public and private sector clients and private individuals. Recent cases of interest include:
Kate regularly provides advice on employment issues, both orally and in writing. Her recent advisory work has included, for example:
Grievance and Disciplinary Investigations
Kate has experience of acting as an independent investigator in grievance and disciplinary cases. Recent grievance investigations carried out by Kate have included allegations of bullying, harassment, race discrimination, sex discrimination, equal pay, breaches of flexible working legislation and victimisation.
Seminars and Publications
Kate is a contributing author to Tottel’s Discrimination Law (Bloomsbury Professional) and has been published in the Employment Lawyers Association briefing and Glamour Magazine. Kate has also given seminars on various topics including discrimination, whistleblowing, damages and vicarious liability.
Kate regularly advises and represents HMRC and taxpayers in a broad range of tax litigation. Kate appears, without a leader, in multi-day cases before the First-tier tax Tribunal ("FTT"). She has also been instructed as a junior in tax cases before the FTT, Upper Tribunal ("UT"), Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Kate is ranked as a Leading Tax Junior in Legal 500. ‘Her advocacy compares favourably even to more senior practitioners" - Legal 500 2017. ’"Her forensic analysis and eye for detail are excellent" - Legal 500 2016.
Chambers UK 2016 describes Kate as a barrister who "practises in employment, commercial and tax law, and is an experienced High Court and tribunal advocate". Chambers UK 2015 also described Kate as having "standout expertise on the crossover between employment and tax".
Kate is a member of the Attorney General's Panel's C Panel and a member of the Revenue Bar Association.
Kate’s recent cases without a leader have included:
Kate has also done numerous recent cases as a junior including:
Kate has had a number of tax articles published in the New Law Journal and the Tax Journal. She has also given seminars on a range of topics including tax tribunal tactics and procedures and HMRC’s Litigation Strategy and ADR.
Kate is able to provide advice and representation in general civil litigation, including personal injury; particularly where such matters overlap with employment issues. Kate has experience of dealing with stress at work and personal injury claims arising out of discrimination. She has also advised and represented clients in claims involving the non-employment provisions of the Equality Act 2010. This includes housing; education; the provision of goods and services; and transport.
Recent examples of Kate’s general civil and commercial work include:
Appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel) in 2013
2009 - Highest Mark in Advanced Civil Litigation
2008 - Clyde & Co Prize for the Highest Mark in Tort
2008 - Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple (£10,000)
2007 - Outstanding achievement in undergraduate studies (£5,000)
BA in Politics and History (First Class)
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
Kate is a keen amateur actress and sports enthusiast. She holds a a black belt in Karate and, in 2015, ran the London Marathon on behalf of Barnados. Kate is also involved with a number of charities and volunteers as a Girl Guide Leader in her local area.