Kate is a highly experienced employment law specialist, with particular expertise in discrimination, whistleblowing, high value pay disputes, trade union disputes, interim relief, artificial intelligence, employment status and employment tax issues. Kate is frequently instructed by Magic Circle firms, leading law firms, high-profile employers and government bodies such as the MoJ and House of Commons. She often appears against more senior counsel and KCs.
Kate has been recommended as a leading employment lawyer in the directories since 2015. The Legal 500 2024 states: ‘Kate is exceptional and in a class of her own. Her ability to quickly take in and understand complex detailed facts is outstanding. She is also robust, emotionally intelligent, articulate and extremely knowledgeable’.
Kate is on the Attorney General's B Panel of Civil Counsel to the Crown. She is also a contributing author to ‘Discrimination Law’, published by Bloomsbury Professional; a member of ELA’s Race Equality Committee; an elected member of Middle Temple’s Hall Committee and Education Committee; and Head of Pupillage at Devereux Chambers.
'Kate is exceptional and in a class of her own. Her ability to quickly take in and understand complex detailed facts is outstanding. She is also robust, emotionally intelligent, articulate and extremely knowledgeable.' - Legal 500 2024
"Consistently works to make instructing solicitors’ lives easier, and a fantastic cross-examiner." - Legal 500 2023
"Extremely timely and helpful." - Legal 500 2023
"She's incredibly thorough; very good at putting clients at ease, particularly nervous witnesses. She has a good feel for the shape of a case and is a very thorough and clear cross-examiner." "She is a responsive and practical barrister, who is quick to understand difficult legal points from a client's perspective and very decisive." - Chambers UK Bar 2022.
"A first-choice junior for whistleblowing claims with great worklevels – a solid person to have on the team." - Legal 500 2022.
Ranked as a Leading Junior - Legal 500 2022.
"Very clever and extremely client-friendly, she is a great advocate." - Chambers UK Bar 2021
"Always fully prepared and her cross-examination is excellent." "She's very client-friendly and extremely bright and hard-working." - Chambers UK Bar 2021
"A great advocate who is diligent, sharp and hard-working. Robust and impressive in cross-examination. Diligent, sharp and good with clients; it is also evident just how much she cares." - Legal 500 2021
"A very clear-sighted barrister who is able to see through to the crux of really complex matters." - Chambers UK Bar 2020
'Extremely diligent and all over the detail as well as really good and patient in cross-examination.’ - Legal 500 2020
'Once she enters the room, she is a ferocious advocate.’ - Legal 500 2020
"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." - Chambers UK 2015
Kate is ranked as a leading Employment practitioner in both Legal 500 2024 and Chambers & Partners 2023. Kate frequently represents clients in high value and multi-day tribunal claims, as well as hearings in the EAT and High Court. Kate has appeared in the Court of Appeal, both led and unled, and in the Supreme Court as a junior.
Kate’s work covers the full spectrum of employment related issues including discrimination, whistleblowing, high value pay disputes, trade union disputes, interim relief and injunctions, artificial intelligence at work and employment status. Kate also routinely conducts complex workplace investigations into grievances, disciplinaries and appeals for her clients. Kate also has extensive experience of preparing witnesses to give evidence at tribunal and can provide bespoke witness familiarisation sessions, including mock cross-examination, upon request.
Recent work Includes:
Kate is a contributing author to ‘Discrimination Law’ published by Bloomsbury Professional and a member of ELA’s Race Equality Committee. Kate has also given seminars and had articles published on a range of employment law topics, including artificial intelligence in the workplace, discrimination, redundancy procedure, employment status and whistleblowing.
Kate has a substantial tax practice, appearing in the FTT and UT on many occasions without a leader and, as a junior, in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Kate’s expertise is recognised by Legal 500 2021, in which she is ranked as a Leading Junior for both Corporate Tax and VAT. Kate is also ranked by Chambers UK 2021 for Tax. The directories particularly highlight Kate’s strong advocacy skills, as well as her expertise on the cross-over between employment and tax.
Recent work includes:
Kate has significant 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.
Recent work has includes:
Appointed Head of Pupillage at Devereux Chambers in 2023.
Elected to Middle Temple’s Hall Committee in 2023.
Appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (B Panel) in 2020.
Appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel) in 2013.
Government Developed Vetting Clearance.
Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple
Clyde & Co Prize for the Highest Mark in Tort
Award for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Studies
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. Kate holds a black belt in karate. In 2015, she ran the London Marathon on behalf of Barnados. She also enjoys skiing and sailing.