Kate has a substantial employment practice and is regularly instructed in the Employment Tribunal, High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Kate handles all manner of employment cases, including discrimination, whistleblowing, injunctions and employment related tax matters. Kate's strong expertise in this area is recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, in which she is ranked as a leading junior, published comments include:
Kate's clients include large banking institutions, high street retailers, FTSE 100 companies, government bodies and high profile individuals.
"Responsive, conscientious and well prepared. She is good with clients, approachable and good on her feet" - Chambers UK Bar 2019
"She is an effective barrister" and "always well prepared" - Legal 500 2019
"She is endlessly knowledgeable, always on top of the documents and a barrister who engages well with solicitors and clients" - Chambers UK 2018
"Her advocacy compares favourably even to more senior practitioners" - Legal 500 2017
"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" - Chambers UK 2017
"Her forensic analysis and eye for detail are excellent" - Legal 500 2016
"Diligent, clever, good with clients and great at cross-examination, she's everything you want in a junior barrister" - Chambers UK 2016
"Absolutely fantastic and very tenacious in cross-examination", "has a very nice style with witnesses and judges, and always delivers." - Employment, Chambers UK 2015
Kate is ranked as a leading Employment practitioner in both the Legal 500 2020 and Chambers & Partners 2020
Kate regularly represents clients in high value and multi-day tribunal claims, as well as appeal hearings before the EAT. Kate's clients include FTSE 100 companies, banks, international airlines, high street chains, supermarkets 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 2020.
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.
Kate has extensive experience in employment status and IR35, both in the public and private sectors. Her work in this area has included litigating high profile IR35 cases for HMRC, as well as providing written advice to private clients on IR35 issues. Kate’s recent employment status and IR35 cases have included:
Kate is ranked as a leading junior for both Employment and Corporate Tax in the Legal 500 2020 and Chambers & Partners 2020, with the directories noting her strong expertise on the cross-over between employment and tax.
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 also enjoys skiing and sailing.