Kate is a prominent well respected, Senior Solicitor who has many years’ experience defending clients; having qualified in 1996 and practiced in the Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire Berkshire area throughout that time. She has assisted and represented a multitude of clients, both privately funded and legally aided. Her practice allows her to attend the police stations where she is able to reassure and protect clients during the daunting prospect of their detention and to represent clients at the Magistrates Court and various other tribunals.
Kate is considered by her clients and colleagues to be one of the most effective Solicitor-Advocates in Oxfordshire, confident, well prepared and persuasive in Court. She has a gentle, calm and reassuring relationship with her clients but this can be very different to the persistence she exhibits in Court on their behalf. She is often recommended by Magistrates and Police. She provides clear advice communicating in plain English. She adopts persistence in identifying any deficiencies in the prosecution case which can legitimately allow her to pursue a defence on behalf of her clients.
Kate has experience in defending clients before the Magistrates’ Courts for a variety of general criminal offences including domestic violence, theft, fraud, burglary, robbery and allegations of sexual offences. Over the past few years she has effectively dealt with a large number of road traffic cases where the consequence of losing a driving licence for her clients is taken extremely seriously. She has often been able to build an effective Exceptional Hardship Argument. She has a particular interest in assisting clients with communication difficulties perhaps because of a diagnosis of Asperger’s , Autism, ADHD or learning difficulties where specialist reports or assistance in Court may be required.
In addition to her particular interest in Road Traffic cases, Kate has built up a reputations to assist within other tribunals – Taxi licensing cases where appeals against revocation is required, Appeals against decisions made by the DVLA to revoke Driving Licences , Appeals against revocation of SIA Licence (Security Industry Authority).
Recent cases where Kate has assisted clients include
Representation and negotiations in relation to a local authority’s decision to endorse penalty points on a taxi driver’s licence to ensure the endorsement is appropriate and the client’s denial is retained on file.
A successful trial in relation to a charge of Threatening Behaviour with evidence given by a Police Officer against a client who had difficulties with his communication skills. The officer conceded his recollection of events may not have been accurate and the Court accepted there was no evidence to substantiate the threats.
Representing a client for a domestic violence case which was not supported by the complainant. The prosecution pursued the case by trying to rely on a emergency call and Body Worn Video evidence under the Doctrine of Res Gestae. They were unsuccessful and the defendant was acquitted.
Litigating a case where the defendant was charged with theft from her employer. Identifying a top quality barrister to represent the client at the Crown Court and working closely with the client and Counsel to ensure instructions are clear and followed accurately which led to an acquittal.
Representing a client in the Magistrates Court and presenting an Exceptional Hardship Argument relying on the fact that the client’s work commitments would mean that he was likely to lose his job and affect the support and case for his children. Well prepared, documents presented and the Magistrates were persuaded to allow him to retain his licence despite an endorsement of 15 penalty points.