Kate Bisset

Year of call:



2008 - University of Sheffield & University of Wisconsin (Madison), European, International & Comparative Law LLB (First Class)

2009 - Manchester Metropolitan University, BVC (‘Very competent’)


2010 - Pupil of Neil Clark (now HHJ Neil Clark) at No 6, Leeds

2011 - Tenant at No 6

2015 - Grade-3 Prosecutor No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers


2022 - Appointed as Legal Advisor to Social Work England

2021 - Assistant Coroner for Preston

2019 - Judicial Appointment to the First-Tier Tribunal


North Eastern Circuit (since 2010)

South Eastern Circuit (since 2012)


St James’ Chambers Excellence in Advocacy prize

Vaughan Bevan Memorial Prize for Academic Excellence (University of Sheffield, 2008)

Kate Bisset is a Grade-3 prosecutor with a predominantly defence practice. She is regularly instructed in serious matters and specialises in cases involving vulnerable defendants or witnesses.

She is experienced in cases involving rape (historic and recent), serious violence, and matters with child witnesses. She is familiar with and instructed in hearings under s28 fast-track procedure for cases involving vulnerable complainants and witnesses.

Kate is trusted to deal with complex matters, including cases with multiple defendants, and covers the full spectrum of criminal offences including assaults, sexual offences, drugs, frauds and burglaries.

More recently, Kate defended in a lengthy and complex human trafficking trial which included issues which crossed national jurisdictions.

Kate has been praised for her for ‘spirited and powerful submissions’ and her ‘helpful, clear and concise’ advocacy.

Notable cases

  • The successful defence of a man accused of racially abusing a detention officer. The witnesses were all police officers or staff, and at the conclusion of the case the Judge ordered a letter be written to the chief constable informing him that his officers had lied under oath.
  • The successful defence of a young mother accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to her very young baby. The father was shown to be the perpetrator and the mother was able to consider reapplying for custody.
  • The successful defence of a father accused of fracturing the skull of his four week old son. The Crown’s evidence was entirely expert based and the trial involved the cross examination of 5 medical experts. The Defendant was found Not Guilty on all counts.
  • The successful application to dismiss charges of false imprisonment with intent to commit a sexual act involving a just-turned 18-year-old defendant with learning difficulties.
  • For the prosecution, Kate is regularly instructed as Junior Counsel for the Crown in matters of the utmost seriousness including R v Hussain and Others when the jury were discharged following attempts to tamper with them where Mr. Justice Goss discharged the Jury and returned verdicts himself for the third time in English Legal history. Kate went on to be Junior Counsel for the Crown in the resulting trial for perverting the course of justice which arose from the jury tampering. In both cases she was led by Peter Moulson QC.
  • Kate has been praised by Complainants and witnesses in trials which she prosecuted for her down to earth manner, and “care and compassion”.
  • R v Hutcheon [2012] EWCA 64 – Appeal which considered the (then) newly imposed sentencing guidelines for assault. Praised for ‘spirited and powerful submissions’.
  • R v Cunningham [2011] EWCA Crim 1578 – Successful appeal against sentence where praised for ‘helpful, clear and concise’ advocacy.

Lecturing & training

Kate regularly provides accredited CPD lectures for solicitors on a range of topics, including the Youth Court. She also works with Sancus Solutions, a private training company, to train police officers in courtroom skills and the National Crime Agency.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217

Robyn Nichol on 0113 213 5253