Kate is a leading junior barrister specialising in employment and employment related tax matters. She frequently represents clients in the Employment Tribunal, High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Kate's clients include large banking institutions, high street retailers, FTSE 100 companies, government bodies and high profile individuals. Kate has appeared in the Court of Appeal without a leader and the Supreme Court as a junior.
Kate's expertise is recognised by Chambers UK who rank Kate as a leading junior in Employment, saying: "She is endlessly knowledgeable, always on top of the documents and a barrister who engages well with solicitors and clients." The Legal 500 also ranks Kate as a leading Corporate Tax junior, noting that "her advocacy compares favourably even to more senior practitioners."
Kate is on the Attorney General's C Panel of Civil Counsel to the Crown.
Represents high-profile employers, including government departments and large banking institutions, in all manner of employment matters, with specific focus on issues involving tax complications. Her cases concern a variety of issues including alleged discrimination and whistle-blowing. "Responsive, conscientious and well prepared. She is good with clients, approachable and good on her feet." Instructed on behalf of ADASHN, an international charity, to defend a claim brought by its former CEO. - Employment, Chambers UK Bar 2019
‘She is an effective barrister.’ - Tax (Corporate), Legal 500 2019
‘Always well prepared.’ - Tax (VAT), Legal 500 2019
Represents high-profile employers and large banking institutions in all manner of employment matters. She is highly regarded for her impressive client-handling skills. "She is endlessly knowledgeable, always on top of the documents and a barrister who engages well with solicitors and clients." Instructed on behalf of HSBC bank to defend a religious belief discrimination claim. - Employment, Chambers UK 2018
"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. 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. - 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 ranked as a leading Employment practitioner in Chambers UK 2018.
Kate 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.
Kate's recent cases in the Employment Tribunal include:
Recent cases in the EAT or other courts include:
Kate's recent advisory work has included:
Kate is ranked as a leading Corporate Tax practitioner in the Legal 500 2018.
Kate has substantial experience in the FTT, appearing without a leader in complex and multi-day cases. Kate has also appeared in the UT a number of times without a leader and, as a junior, in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Kate’s recent FTT cases without a leader have included:
Kate has also done numerous recent cases as a junior including:
Kate has extensive experience of commercial matters in the County Courts and High Court. Kate has provided advice and assistance in respect of claims involving breach of contract, restrictive covenants, breach of settlement agreements, breaches of confidentiality, stress at work and other issues.
Kate 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.
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.