Expertise

Kate specialises in health & safety, environmental matters, white collar crime, Trading Standards, NCA, FCA and SOCA investigations.

Kate is a highly regarded associate solicitor at Gateley and has been with the team for five years. Kate specialises in defending all types of health & safety cases, environmental investigations, general criminal defence work and financial crime. Kate regularly attends Coroners Courts and Criminal Courts representing businesses and individuals facing all manner of health & safety investigations and prosecutions.  Kate is at home in the Criminal Court arena having been a Court Duty Solicitor and accredited Police Station Representative for many years. Kate is able to bring her wealth of experience of general criminal defence work to health & safety/ regulatory investigations, a skillset that is often lacking in regulatory lawyers. Kate is client-focused and proactive, often resolving complex health & safety and regulatory investigations with out of Court disposals securing minimum fuss and limited reputational damage for the client. Clients often comment on Kate’s no-nonsense, practical approach and her insight in being able to anticipate the way in which a regulator will proceed with an investigation and be two steps ahead of them.

Kate is a focused lawyer and her ability to get into the detail of a case makes her unflappable, delivering excellent results every time.  

Kate regularly writes blogs, social media posts and articles for health & safety publications.

A word from one of Kate’s clients: 

"As a Head Coach, manager and a 'leader' to be suddenly (without any warning) cast to one side and prevented from doing my job (which for most people in my position is more than a job) is one of the worst experiences possible however, as soon as I was in touch with Kate, I felt somebody was on my side and there was light, albeit a very faint light, at the end of the tunnel.

Eventually, we got through it and I am so incredibly grateful for the help, support, encouragement and guidance that Kate and her team gave me and I would have no hesitation in strongly recommending her to any colleague who finds themselves in a similar situation."

Sports Head Coach, 2021

Experience

  1. Representing a manufacturing company at  a trial at the Old Bailey in relation to serious health & safety charges relating to a high profile fatality; a not guilty verdict was secured following a full jury trial.
  2. Acting in the immediate aftermath and investigation of a fatality at a theme park and advising the corporate entity throughout the HSE, Police investigation and criminal court proceedings.
  3. Advising high profile construction companies in connection with alleged local authority planning breaches, environmental pollution issues and breaches of health and safety law.
  4. Acting for a senior director prosecuted for a complex fraud. 
  5. Acting for various high-profile sports coaches facing governing and national governing bodies safeguarding investigations.