Kate Batty is a very experienced criminal practitioner who is frequently instructed to both prosecute and defend in serious and high profile cases. She is a Grade 4 prosecutor and a member of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel. She was formerly a solicitor and, later, a partner in a large practice in Leeds before transferring to the Bar in 2011. She has been a busy trial advocate ever since.
She is the deputy head of the criminal team in chambers and is ranked in Chambers and Partners (2019).
Kate has significant experience of conducting complex and serious cases, including homicide, serious violence, drugs and fraud conspiracies, sexual offences and regulatory crime.
She has spent a large proportion of 2017 and 2018 prosecuting in Operation Tendersea, a complex and high profile Child Sexual Exploitation case involving multiple vulnerable complainants and multiple defendants – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45918845
“Brilliant with clients. Appropriately tough and tactically savvy. Particularly good at dealing with sensitive cases” – instructing solicitor.
She is an extremely persuasive advocate and has a high success rate in trials. Instructing solicitors praise her thorough preparation, her sound tactical approach to cases, her knowledge of the law and her excellent advocacy.
Kate also has significant experience in conducting regulatory work. This experience commenced when she worked as a solicitor when she frequently prosecuted trading standards and environmental offences. Since her transfer to the Bar, she has continued to conduct this type of work, both for the prosecution and defence. Her instructing solicitors in this field commend her attention to detail and meticulous approach.
“A very effective advocate” – “Chambers and Partners (2018).
“Kate’s strong work ethic, clear strategic advice and detailed knowledge of her cases and the relevant law make her the perfect choice for regulatory work” – instructing solicitors.
“Approachable and practical” – instructing solicitor.
- Operation Tendersea (2017 and 2018) – large scale prosecution of a child sexual exploitation gang in Huddersfield. Involved complex legal issues, presentation of large volumes of evidence and the calling of 15 vulnerable complainants.
- R v Marsden (2018) – prosecution of the husband of a dance school owner for sexually abusing two of his wife’s pupils.
- R v Edwards-Pascal (2018) – defending in a large-scale violent disorder.
- R v Sykes (2018) – defending an armed robbery of a betting shop and convenience stores.
- R v Akhtar (2018) – defending a large-scale conspiracy to defraud where counterfeit goods were being sold on Ebay.
- R v Lowth (2017) – defending historical child neglect where her husband had sexually abused her children.
- R v Allen (2017) – defending an attempted murder arising out of a multi-handed shooting at the Chapeltown Carnival. Complex legal argument relating to joint enterprise.
- R v Gilpin (2017) – prosecuting a violent rape in a secluded car park. Legal argument relating to s.41 and the admissibility of evidence.
- R v Pottas (2017) – prosecuting a s.18 arising out of a frenzied knife attack of his partner at their home address. Victimless prosecution after the victim failed to co-operate with the police. Collating significant circumstantial evidence relating to disposal of evidence to secure a conviction.
- R v Lowther (2017) – defending in a large-scale drug supply conspiracy involving complex cell-site analysis evidence and cut-throat defences.