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Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson
Year of call:
2011
Education:
2010
University of Manchester, LLB (Hons) (First)
2011
Nottingham Law School, BPTC (‘Outstanding’)
Career:
2012
Pupil under the supervision of Mark Gargan at No 6, Leeds
2013
Tenant at No 6
2014
Qualified to accept Public Access instructions
2014
Grade 1 Crown Prosecutor
2015
No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers
Appointments:
2018
Attorney General's Regional Panel - C Panel Bar Pro Bono Unit - Pro Bono Champion
Memberships:
Personal Injury Bar Association
Northern Circuit Chancery Bar Association
Awards:
2009
R G Lawson Award for Academic Excellence in Child Law
2010
R G Lawson Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Reform
2010
R G Lawson Award for Academic Excellence in Mental Health Law
2010
Inner Temple Exhibition Scholarship
2010
Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship

Kate has a busy personal injury practice involving clinical negligence, employer’s liability, public liability, accidents abroad and road-traffic accident claims, acting on behalf of Claimants and Defendants.

Kate is familiar with defending travel sickness claims and alleged breaches under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

She regularly represents Defendants at CMCs and is well-versed on arguments as to expert evidence, arising out of Wood v TUI Ltd (2017)

During pupillage under the supervision of HHJ Mark Gargan, Kate assisted in the preparation of high-value personal injury (PI) cases and those arising out of stress claims, clinical negligence, and catastrophic injuries. She has experience of advising, settling pleadings and drafting schedules of loss in such cases. On multiple occasions, Kate has acted as Junior Counsel to Andrew Lewis QC.

She has significant court experience from interlocutory applications to fast-track and multi-track trials. Kate is often instructed to represent parties in disposal hearings and MOJ Stage 3 hearings, particularly involving technical procedural issues.

Kate has a busy paperwork practice and is able to complete complex instructions promptly. She regularly advises on liability and quantum in addition to drafting statements of case. Kate undertakes work at all stages and is happy to advise on procedure and tactics.  She is prepared to consider instructions on a CFA basis.

Occupational Stress Claims

She is regularly instructed in occupational stress claims. Despite the complex chronologies and factual matrix of such claims, she is able to provide advices and/or settle pleadings within a short period of time. Kate is alert to the need to take special care and is sensitive when advising claimants in such cases.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims

Kate regularly acts for victims of violent crime to secure compensation under the 2001, 2008 and 2012 Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (“CICA”) schemes. She is familiar with and will advise on the application of the schemes on issues of eligibility and quantum, and is regularly instructed to draft schedules of loss.  Kate regularly appears before the First-Tier Tribunal.

Notable cases

  • M v LBG [2015]: Stress claim arising from negligent treatment of the Claimant by her line manager whilst on sickness absence;
  • NT v Tesco [2016]: Debilitating chronic pain chronic arising from a minor accident at work;
  • R v AF Blakemore & Son [2015]: Successfully represented the Claimant in an employer’s liability claim involving a fall at height from a defective tail lift;
  • Dickenson v Ward [2016]: Successful defence of a road traffic claim on behalf of a minor who ran into the road.
  • P v Aviva [2016] proceedings struck out for delay and late service of medical evidence; QOCS disapplied at first instance; successfully represented the Defendant on appeal;

Public Access

Kate may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Kate deals with all aspects of indemnity disputes including motor, businesses and property. She regularly represents major insurers in alleged civil fraud, low-velocity-impact (LVI) cases, credit hire, and exaggerated personal injury (PI) claims. Kate prides herself on her meticulous preparation and she appears on a number of insurer panels. She is regularly instructed to attend fast-track trials in such matters, in addition to maintaining a busy paper practice.

Kate undertakes work at all stages and is happy to advise on procedure and tactics. She is familiar with representing defendants at contested interlocutory applications including: applications for specific disclosure, applications to strike out, applications to resile from admissions, CMCs, CCMCs, applications regarding medical evidence, and costs arguments. Kate is also regularly instructed in relation to applications regarding Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (“QOCs”) and allegations of fundamental dishonesty.

She is prepared to advise and draft detailed defences in cases where fraud is alleged or imputed, or in suspicious cases where a robust defence is required.  Kate is able to complete complex instructions promptly.

Kate provides bespoke training to her instructing solicitors and members of the insurance industry.

Notable case

  • P v Aviva [2016] proceedings struck out for delay and late service of medical evidence; QOCS disapplied at first instance; successfully represented the Defendant on appeal;

Public Access

Kate may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Kate’s practice covers a wide range of commercial and chancery litigation, and she is regularly instructed in matters arising out of contractual disputes, sales of goods, and property disputes including nuisance and tree root subsidence claims. She is keen to develop her practice in these areas as well as in probate, Inheritance Act and TOLATA cases.

Kate is meticulous in her preparation and has a strong analytical approach. She is regarded as being approachable, open-minded and sensitive with clients and witnesses.

Property

Kate has broad experience of civil litigation involving all property and housing matters, acting for both public and private landlords as well as tenants and other occupiers of housing.

Kate has a keen interest in work concerning the legal and beneficial ownership of real property.

She has experience of advising, drafting proceedings and representing clients in cases involving adverse possession, boundary disputes, easements, mortgages, and trusts of land.

Kate has experience of multi-track nuisance and in particular tree-root subsidence claims.

Social Housing, Landlord and Tenant

Kate has a keen interest in housing litigation. Her practice covers landlord and tenant disputes, including claims for possession of land, unlawful eviction, disrepair and succession.  She is often instructed to represent social and private landlords and tenants in claims with issues relating to harassment, breaches of covenants and nuisance.

She has particular experience acting for local authorities and social landlords in obtaining injunctions arising out of antisocial behaviour and subsequent breach proceedings including committals.

Kate’s civil practice includes advising and representing both landlords and tenants in respect of claims made under the Defective Premises Act 1972, Highways Act 1980 and Occupier’s Liability Acts.

Notable case

  • [2014] Claim involving the misrepresentation and misselling of solar panels.

Public Access

Kate may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Kate accepts instructions to advise and represent clients in relation to disputes involving unfair and constructive dismissal, redundancy and breach of contract. She regularly appears before the Employment Tribunal and is keen to develop her practice in this area.

Public Access

Kate may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Kate’s interest in the Court of Protection and cases involving the welfare of vulnerable adults and those who lacked capacity began when studying Mental Health Law and Procedure at the University of Manchester, for which she was awarded the RG Lawson Award for Academic Excellence. Kate is prepared to advise on and represent adults who lack capacity in the Court of Protection and in claims which involve other areas of Kate’s practice, such as personal injury claims and matters involving trusts and property.

Public Access

Kate may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Kate accepts instructions on regulatory matters, particularly in the field of healthcare and cases involving injury or deaths at work.

Kate is instructed to provide advice and representation on behalf of regulatory bodies including the Care Quality Commission.

Kate has a special interest in coroner’s inquests particularly those relating to deaths arising out of failures in medical care, dangerous driving and death in state custody (Article 2 Inquests).

Kate offers continuity of representation from inquests to civil actions for damages arising post-inquest.

Public Access

Kate may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Kate’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250