Katherine joined Chambers in 2023 following successful completion of her pupillage.
She is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Scheme.
Katherine graduated from St Hilda’s College Oxford in with a BA (First Class) in Law (Jurisprudence), and was awarded the Law Network Prize and the Tutorial Committee Prize for outstanding final examinations results (2017-2020). She obtained her MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London, and was awarded the Tempany Prize in Medical Ethics & Law (2020-2021). She completed her Bar Practice Course at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy, where she was the top performing student in her Examination-in-Chief final examination (2021-2022).
Prior to joining Chambers, Katherine worked in the Department of International Trade at the Civil Service, where she undertook research for policy development (trade legislation) and assisted in setting up the new arbitrators panel for international trade disputes. She also worked as a research assistant to Imogen Goold and Cressida Auckland, on a project jointly funded by Oxford University and LSE. Katherine also has experience working in the FTSE 100 Tax Advisory Team at Deloitte, at Save the Children International, and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the NHS.
Katherine has experience across a range of public law matters, including the Court of Protection, education hearings, Inquests, and advising on judicial review of decisions under the Housing Act 1996.
Recent instructions have included acting for the Official Solicitor in s16 MCA 2005 proceedings where there was a risk that P would be removed from the UK, and acting for the family in an inquest for an individual with a complex medical history.
Katherine regularly accepts instructions for hearings in the County Court in business and commercial matters, particularly involving contractual disputes. She also has experience in claims involving breaches of Data Protection Regulations and the GDPR.
Katherine also has exposure to higher value work, having recently assisted on high-value fraud work (including trusts elements).
Katherine appears in preliminary and substantive hearings across the range of employment litigation, including discrimination, TUPE transfers, and unfair dismissals.
Recent matters have included successfully opposing strike-out of a discrimination claim with numerous historical allegations of discrimination, and success in a complex unfair dismissal and discrimination claim with TUPE transfer elements, in which she also successfully obtained costs on the basis that the two liable defendants had applied to be struck off the Companies House register and/or failed to object to being struck off (O’Keefe v Gold Panda Ltd).
Katherine has a busy paperwork and court-based personal injury and clinical negligence practice, advising and representing both Claimants and Defendants. She has experience in fast track PI trials and in matters involving road traffic accidents, occupier’s liability, and clinical negligence.
Katherine also has a growing sports law practice. She recently appeared before the Sports Resolutions National Anti-Doping Panel, where she successfully challenged the start date of an Athlete’s suspension.
Katherine has a growing practice in sanctions, assisting on multiple claims involving questions raised under, and challenges to decisions made under, the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 and Myanmar (Sanctions) Regulations 2021.
She also has a growing practice in international organisation law, having recently assisted on claims made against the IMO (for the Claimant) and the GDPO (for the Defendant).
"Katherine did a fantastic job and was a pleasure to work with. I’d be delighted to instruct her again."
"Katherine has made a big difference in streamlining a complex case where we were at a complete loss as to what to do at a stage very shortly before trial. Katherine anticipated what the Judge was likely to decide at trial, advised us accordingly, drafted the necessary pleadings and managed to avert a very negative outcome at trial."
"We were so impressed by Katherine’s empathy, professionalism, attention to detail, and assured, calm, concise advocacy."
"Katherine’s advocacy was exceptional at trial and a great assistance to all the Parties, including the Judge – we all would have been very lost without Katherine’s involvement."
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