Kate McKinlay

Kate McKinlay.
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1996 - University of Leeds Bachelor of Arts - English (with Philosophy and Development Studies)

1998 - BPP University (formerly known as BPP Law School) Post-Graduate Diploma in Law

1999 - BPP University (formerly known as BPP Law School) Bar Vocational Course - Very Competent

Level 2 Counselling Accreditation

Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Coaching accreditation

Accredited Advocacy Trainer


2001 - Pupil at Zenith Chambers to HHJ Julian Goose QC and Anthony Hajitmitsis

2002 - Tenant at Zenith Chambers, Leeds

2008 - 2010 - Lecturer, BPP Law School

2010 - 2017 - Tenant at Zenith Chambers

2017 - 2019 - Employed Barrister, Government Legal Department

2020 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers, Leeds


North Eastern Circuit Family Law Bar Association COPPA


1998 - Jules Thorne Major Scholar, Middle Temple

1999 - Jules Thorne Major Scholar, Middle Temple


Kate is experienced in representing all parties in care proceedings and accepts instructions in welfare contests, findings of fact, and case management hearings. She also has experience of acting in Deprivation of Liberty Inherent Jurisdiction cases and representing parents with Learning Disabilities.

Kate is also well versed in 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, vulnerable clients.

She has experience of representing the Guardian in s.16.4 proceedings.

A seasoned advocate, she has developed her skills across a number of different jurisdictions throughout her career 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.


A former freelance lecturer at BPP Law School on the Bar Professional Training Course; Kate is an experienced trainer. 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. 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