Kate Hammond

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  • Crime
    • Profile

      Kate came to the criminal Bar after many years of hard-earned experience firstly in a personal injury solicitor's practice and latterly at the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Kate was called to the bar in 2013, however, having been a solicitor since 1996, she has developed the practice of a senior junior barrister in the years she has been at the bar.

       She is an established criminal practitioner with significant experience of the full breadth of criminal law and procedure - from motoring to murder, and from charge to the Court of Appeal.

      Kate started work as a para legal was admitted to the roll in 1996. Almost from the start Kate appeared in Tribunals and District Judges appointments as an advocate. Having become a head of her own personal injury department for 5 years she sought pastures new with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

      As a solicitor with the CPS she appeared regularly in the Magistrates Courts and in 2006 was granted higher rights of audience without further examination, based on the experience she had built into her daily practice. 

      She then became a Crown Advocate appearing in the Crown Court on adaily basis. 

      Kate is on the CPS panel as an advocate 

      She also regularly defends in the most serious of matters, and has represented defendants charged with rape, historic sexual abuse, drugs supply, kidnapping, serious violence and robbery together with less serious (but important cases to the individuals involved) like driving offences.

      Kate retains an evenly mixed portfolio of prosecution and defence work, and prides herself on being able to deliver the expertise demanded of the Bar, bringing with her the experience drawn from her many years being a Solicitor.