Katherine joined chambers in September 2022 following the successful completion of her pupillage.
Katherine prosecutes in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court for the CPS and the National Probation Service on a regular basis. She has prosecuted in matters concerning sexual offences, offences against the person, domestic violence and drugs offences in trials, sentencing hearings and appeals.
Katherine regularly represents Defendants before the Magistrates, in cases concerning offences against the person, driving offences, domestic violence and breaches of court orders. This also includes successfully making a number of exceptional hardship arguments for clients facing disqualification from driving in the Magistrates’ Court, and upon appeal to the Crown Court.
In addition, Katherine has also been instructed by Lancashire Police in a number of cases, including applications to discharge Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPO) and applications for Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).
She has also represented the Insolvency Service in the Magistrates’ Court in relation to bankruptcy offences.
Katherine has been commended by instructing solicitors for her ability to put clients at ease.
Prior to commencing pupillage, she worked in the legal department at the General Medical Council and previously represented disability benefit claimants in social security tribunal appeals, and so she is experienced in engaging with vulnerable or anxious clients and witnesses.
Outside of work, she enjoys live music, netball and running, and completed the Manchester Marathon in April 2022.
R v NN – Secured acquittal of a vulnerable client charged with assault after raising self-defence.
R v AZ – Secured acquittal of client charged with ABH alleged to have knocked the Complainant’s teeth out.
RS v Crown Court – Successfully appealed against sentence on behalf of driver with 13 points on his licence to avoid a driving ban.
Lancashire Constabulary v CG – Represented Lancashire Constabulary in application to discharge a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, presenting the views of officers and victims.
North Cumbria Police v AS - Successfully made application in the Magistrates’ Court for Domestic Violence Protection Order for high risk victim of domestic violence.
R v LS – Instructed by insurer client to produce Noting Brief on a dangerous driving where the insured was the Defendant.
MA v Crown Court – Represented the Crown in an appeal against conviction in respect of an offence of failing to provide driver information.
R v TR – Successfully applied to the Magistrates to reopen a case and revoke a sentence where the client had wrongly had his licence endorsed with penalty points.
R v SN – Mitigated on behalf of a defendant being sentenced for breaching a criminal behaviour order and being in a possession of a bladed article, resulting in the imposition of a non-custodial sentence.
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
CPS Grade 1
Law – University of Manchester 2018 – First Class
LLM (Legal Practice) – BPP University 2019 – Distinction
BPTC – BPP University 2019 – Very Competent
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn Ann Goddard Scholarship 2022