Kate has a busy personal injury practice and undertakes work at all stages from initial advice through to trial. She is reliable, thoroughly prepared and a persuasive advocate. Kate is a contributor to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.
Kate’s practice encompasses the following claims, on behalf of both claimants and defendants:
- Employers’ Liability;
- Clinical Negligence;
- Road Traffic accidents;
- Credit Hire;
- Illness/accidents abroad;
- Public liability.
Kate has a particular interest in disputes arising out of the Fixed Recoverable Costs regime and is regularly instructed to advise on and/or represent parties at hearings concerning technical costs/procedural issues.
A significant proportion of Kate’s practice includes acting for NHSLAs, insurers, large supermarkets and, since her appointment as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Civil Panel), she is regularly instructed by the Crown and various State Departments.
She is available to provide advice in writing, in conference or by telephone as to prospects of success, quantum and/or tactics. She is regularly instructed to draft pleadings, schedules of loss and Part 35 questions. She is very approachable, and is always available to her instructing solicitors via telephone or email.
Kate regularly appears in County Courts across the country representing parties in CCMCs, contested interlocutory applications, fast-track and multi-track trials and appeals. She also appears before a variety of other tribunals, including the Coroner’s Court and Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Tribunal.
Employers’ Liability & Public Liability
Kate has significant experience of claims arising out of accidents at work and in public places. She is regularly instructed by NHS Trusts, Yorkshire Water and leading supermarkets to provide advice and representation to employers at all stages, including on appeal.
Examples of cases:
- OB v Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Borough Council  – Representing the First Defendant at trial following the Claimant’s fall whilst leaving her place of work. The Claim, which was pleaded in excess of £150,000, was dismissed at Sheffield County Court;
- C v ASDA  – Representing the Defendant at trial and on appeal in the County Courts at Huddersfield and Leeds following an accident at work where the Claimant sustained a traumatic amputation of the tip of his finger. Both the claim, and subsequent appeal, were dismissed;
- H v Wetherspoon Plc – Representing the Claimant in an Occupiers Liability Act claim following a fall in a public house. Claim settled.
- NT v Tesco – Representing the Claimant pre-issue through to settlement of her claim arising out of a minor accident at work but which resulted in a chronic pain condition;
- B v ASDA Stores Ltd  – Representing Defendant at trial following the Claimant’s fall in the Defendant’s store. Claim dismissed.
- R v AF Blakemore & Son : Successfully represented the Claimant in an employer’s liability claim involving a fall at height from a defective tail lift.
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.
Recent examples include:
- B, J, and C v Gwynyedd Council  – Representing three Claimants in a bullying claim. Settled at JSM.
- R v Tesco : Representing the Claimant in a claim for negligence/breach of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 following verbal abuse by a Line Manager over a sustained period. The claim includes both general damages and injury to feelings, applying the Vento Guidelines;
- S v The Co-Operative Group :Representing the Claimant in a claim for negligence/breach of contract for bullying and mis-management of grievance resulting in psychiatric injury and absence. Claim settled.
Kate has a growing clinical negligence practice. She has acted as junior counsel to Andrew Lewis QC on a number of occasions, including cerebral palsy and large loss claims. Examples of recent instructions include claims arising out of the delayed diagnosis of wrist fracture and negligently retained products of conception following a birth.
Kate also provides representation at inquests into deaths following medical treatment and offers continuity of representation to families in subsequent civil proceedings.