Katherine’s practice spans public law, employment, EU, disciplinary/ regulatory and commercial law, especially where there is overlap. She has particular expertise in submissions and appellate advocacy.
Katherine is approachable and client friendly as well as straightforward and adaptable to work with. Chambers and Partners 2015 describes Katherine as "incredibly bright” who is "very good with clients”; a "pleasure to deal with” who "gives solid advice.” Chambers 2014 said "Multiple sources have been 'very impressed with her,' citing her 'great crossover knowledge' ".
Katherine works for a wide range of clients: from Government Departments and local authorities to Trade Unions; individuals to multinational companies and Receivers. A graduate of Harvard Law School’s LL.M programme and former stagiere at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Katherine is as unfazed by a case with cross border and international elements as she is with one from "round the corner.”
Katherine regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, writes articles for the legal press and has contributed to a number of the leading text books (see below). Katherine is often happy to provide tailor made training for firms or clients.
Katherine is on the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission Approved Panel.
Katherine has experience both bringing and defending judicial review challenges, as well as advising on strategy. Katherine has a particular interest in cases where public law and other areas (particularly employment, equality, EU and commercial law) intersect. Katherine’s recent cases involve issues including:
For a list of recent cases please click the downloadable CV.
Katherine regularly appears in a wide range of employment cases in Tribunals, the EAT and has appeared (both led and unled) in the Court of Appeal. She frequently advises employers, employees, trade unions and interest groups on both statutory and common law employment law issues.
Katherine has particular experience in cases involving:
Katherine is a member of Chambers’ Disciplinary and Regulatory Group (DRG) which litigates and advises across all areas of disciplinary and regulatory law. Katherine is also a member of Chambers’ Sports law group. Katherine’s relevant recent experience in the disciplinary and regulatory field and in sports law includes:
Katherine writes and lectures regularly in these areas, most recently on the new changes to Child Safeguarding and on insurance and career threatening injury in sport.
Katherine has particular expertise where commercial law overlaps with international law, EU law, public law or employment law. Katherine understands the importance of fitting quickly into a team and can turn around drafting and advisory work at short notice.
Katherine carries out a variety of commercial work including advocacy, pleading and advice. She regularly conducts her own cases and applications, both in and out of London, in the County Court and the High Court as well as acting as a junior on more substantial matters.
Her recent commercial work involves:
It can be difficult to find barristers with suitable expertise where legal areas overlap in the same case. Katherine is regularly instructed in cases where there are issues which cross over between the areas above.
Katherine has a particular interest in European and international law issues, having completed a stage at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and completed her LL.M at Harvard Law School. Katherine is an active member of a comparative anti-discrimination law study group at University of California, Berkeley and the Bar European Group.
Katherine’s relevant recent experience includes:
Katherine frequently lectures and conducts seminars: most recently on Child Safeguarding in Sports; using European law in Employment cases; Human Rights and procedural fairness; transnational employment cases and TUPE.
Katherine has contributed to several leading text books including Equality Act 2010 (published by the Law Society), two chapters in the Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition 2011 (OUP) and assisting with the recent editions of Brearley and Bloch on Employment Covenants and Confidential Information (2009) and Blackstone’s Employment Law and Practice. Katherine’s journal publications include: