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Kate McKinlay

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University of Leeds Bachelor of Arts - English (with Philosophy and Development Studies)
BPP University (formerly known as BPP Law School) Post-Graduate Diploma in Law
BPP University (formerly known as BPP Law School) Bar Vocational Course - Very Competent
Pupil at Zenith Chambers to HHJ Julian Goose QC and Anthony Hajitmitsis
Tenant at Zenith Chambers, Leeds
2008 - 2010
Lecturer, BPP Law School
2010 - 2017
Tenant at Zenith Chambers
2017 - 2019
Employed Barrister, Government Legal Department
Tenant at Park Square Barristers, Leeds
Jules Thorne Major Scholar, Middle Temple
Jules Thorne Major Scholar, Middle Temple

Kate was a member of Zenith Chambers from 2001 to 2017 where she had a diverse practice encompassing family, mental capacity, community care, benefits, social housing, personal injury and education. She returns to the Bar after a period as an employed in-house barrister representing the Government’s interests in inquests and human rights litigation.

Kate formerly practiced in family law for 5 years before having her own family, and now returns to this key area of interest with a broad experience and understanding of acting for vulnerable clients and public bodies.

A seasoned advocate, she has developed her skills across a number of different jurisdictions and is able to adapt her style as circumstances require.

She is approachable, compassionate and well attuned to the highly sensitive nature of this work.

Public Law Proceedings

Kate has experience of care proceedings and accepts instructions from parents, children and local authorities in a wide range of matters. She provides representation at all stages of proceedings including contested final hearings and finding of fact hearings.

Private Law Proceedings

Kate has experience of complex family conflicts including around residence, contact and specific issue orders. Previous cases have included the following features:- implacable hostility, surrogacy, domestic violence, psychiatric/psychological conditions and vulnerable clients.


A former freelance lecturer at BPP Law School on the Bar Professional Training Course; Kate has delivering training in Advocacy, Drafting, Written Skills, Professional Ethics, Remedies and Personal Injury, She has lectured to large groups and run workshops with small groups on both knowledge areas and soft skills. More recently she has led the in-house knowledge programme for psychiatric injury across the Government Litigation Department and delivered workshops on mindfulness and resilience. Kate enjoys lecturing and would be pleased to assist with in-house training. Please contact her clerks with your requirements.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212