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


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


1999 - Jules Thorne Major Scholar, Middle Temple

2000 - Jules Thorne Major Scholar, Middle Temple

Kate has a particular passion for this area of work and has a growing practice within this jurisdiction.

She has a broad experience including health and welfare decisions, deprivations of liberty, including s.21(a) MCA reviews.  Her deprivation of liberty practice is complimented by her parallel practice involving young people under the inherent jurisdiction within care proceedings from which she also brings considerable experience of representing local authorities.

She has acted regularly in cases concerning both the elderly and concerning vulnerable younger adults and with varying levels of family involvements and is known for sensitive and pragmatic client-handling skills.

She is regularly instructed by local authorities, the official solicitor, and clinical commissioning groups and appreciates the distinct service needs of each client group.

Kate has a good understanding of complimentary fields. She has a busy family law (children) practice and has considerable prior experience of social housing, special educational needs litigation, and human rights claims which often play into her court of protection practice.

Her sensitivity, her compassion and her solution-oriented approach underpin her drive to provide high levels of service and engagement with the client and the issues at hand.

She brings a maturity, breadth and groundedness to her cases borne out of a varied and rich legal career to date which has included post-graduate level legal training, and some time within the Government Legal Department prison service litigation team.

She is a keen facilitator of the Chambers wellbeing offer and regularly runs work-related events as well as providing soft-skills training in topical areas.


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