Kate accepts instructions on public law and regulatory matters, particularly in the field of healthcare and cases involving injury or deaths at work.
Kate has a growing inquest practice and has recently been appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (formerly known as Treasury Counsel) which reflects her experience in particular with Article 2 and jury inquests. She often represents interested persons at inquests involving deaths in custody, medical malpractice, mental health issues including self-harm, and substance misuse. She has a range of experience which includes pre-inquest reviews; short, natural causes deaths and complex cases lasting multiple weeks. She has particular interest in cases involving vulnerable individuals who are at risk of psychiatric harm, which has featured significantly in Kate’s civil practice in occupational psychiatric injury claims. Kate is also available to represent bereaved families and those individuals who are made interested persons due to their professional roles.
Her experience of road traffic claims, personal injury and clinical negligence cases in the County Court is invaluable in inquests regarding fatal road accidents, complicated medical issues, emergency responses or prison service instructions and local procedures.
Kate is also instructed in civil actions arising out of inquests, including those concerning alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 or the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and she is able to offer continuity of representation to both families and any interested parties.
Recent experience includes:
- A nine-day jury inquest in respect of a death in custody involving, inter alia, mental health concerns and the appropriateness of sanctions employed by the prison to maintain discipline and security;
- Death in custody resulting in a natural causes conclusion;
- A week-long Article 2 inquest before a jury. The family of the deceased were concerned regarding missed opportunities to diagnose pancreatic cancer and the healthcare received;
- An inquest into a self-inflicted death of a young man with concerns as to treatment received for poly-substance misuse and mental health problems (ongoing).
Kate accepts invitations to provide seminars and lectures on Coronial law. Kate has recently delivered a seminar on Regulation 28 to over 100 delegates as well as lectures on Article 2.
Public Law and Judicial Review
Kate has experience in assisting applicants and public bodies in judicial review proceedings. She is able to draft summary grounds and responses within a short period of time.
In addition to appearing in the County Court and High Courts, Kate also appears before a number of specialist tribunals including the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber and Property Chamber. Kate has also appeared before the Upper Tribunal in respect of property and social entitlement matters. These instructions compliment Kate’s personal injury and commercial experience.
Kate has over seven years’ experience in representing victims of violent crime pursuant to 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 is regularly instructed by Trade Unions to represent their members in such cases.
- Advising in respect of the mandatory reconsideration process and social entitlement legislation in the context of Judicial Review proceedings;
- Instructed on behalf of the Legal Aid Agency in the Property Chamber arising out of a dispute in the application of the Statutory Charge;
- Appeared before the First-Tier Tribunal regarding the application of a particular war pension to social entitlement legislation;
- In a claim arising out of historic sexual abuse which resulted in the Appellant suffering life-long and debilitating psychiatric injuries, the CICA offered the Appellant an award of £22,000 under the 2001 Scheme. The CICA disputed causation of the Appellant’s continuing symptoms. Special measures were required to enable the Appellant to give evidence. Kate successfully represented the Appellant at the final hearing, resulting in an award in excess of £200,000.
“Our case was handled with expertise, professional care and most importantly to us, an personal understanding of our needs at the CICA First Tier Tribunal. Kate Wilson’s in-depth knowledge of CICA processes allowed us to have the strongest possible case and through it a successful outcome. We would highly recommend Kate and PSQB.” Client, CICA claim.
Kate may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.