Kate has a broad civil practice in international and European human rights law, employment and discrimination law.
Kate was led by Edward Fitzgerald QC in Mangouras v Kingdom of Spain (Application no. 12050/04) before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The application challenged the decision of the Spanish Government to set a bail security at 3 million Euros as a breach of Article 5(3) of the European Convention.
Kate was junior counsel in the case of M.S. v United Kingdom (Application no. 24527/08), where the European Court of Human Rights unanimously held that the detention of a mentally ill man in a police cell for over three days violated his rights under Article 3.
After joining Doughty Street, Kate was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship by the Inns of Court. She worked for a three months period at the National Security Project and Human Rights Department of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York.
Employment and Discrimination
Kate regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. She has particular expertise in discrimination law.
Kate’s recent cases include Bowler v Chief Constable of Kent Police, where the Claimant was awarded damages, including aggravated damages, for claims of direct race discrimination and victimisation. She was junior counsel to Henrietta Hill QC in respect of the first appeal (Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary v Mr A Bowler Appeal No. UKEAT/0214/16/RN), and counsel in respect of the second appeal, in which the Chief Constable was unsuccessful (Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary v Mr A Bowler Appeal No. UKEAT/0308/17/LA).
Kate is currently representing a number of high ranking police officers and executives in respect of whistleblowing claims. She has considerable experience of high values claims. A former client was awarded over £240,000 in damages by the Tribunal, and she is currently advising on a very high value long running claims.
Kate has a particular interest in claims of perceived disability discrimination, having represented one of the first claimants to succeed with this type of claim: Fortt v Chief Constable of South Wales Police.