Katherine practises in employment, public and education law, and is ranked in the legal directories as a leading junior in each of these fields. In Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 she has been described as “a phenomenal advocate”; “a class act”; “a brilliant mind”; “a clear thinker”; “an acute analyst”; and “incisive, confident, and intellectually and tactically sound”.
Katherine came to the UK from Canada on a Commonwealth Scholarship. She has a doctorate in political philosophy from Balliol College, Oxford, and worked as a British Academy Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice in Oxford before joining Chambers.
Katherine has extensive advocacy experience acting for both claimants and respondents in complex, multi-day discrimination and whistleblowing claims. She has acted for and against large financial institutions, local authorities, government departments, retailers and small charities.
Katherine has a busy education law practice. Her clients in the education field include universities, local authorities, government departments, independent schools, students and parents.
She appears regularly in the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, and advises on the full range of education law matters. She has particular experience in matters relating to academies.
Katherine advises on human rights, local government powers and duties, and has particular experience in the overlap between education and public law.
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500:
“Katherine is an absolutely brilliant barrister to instruct. She is attentive, produces commercial and user-friendly advice and is first class with clients.”
“A real joy to instruct and is extremely knowledgeable in the areas and crossover between employment and education law.”
“A real barrister to watch.”
“Great attention to detail and a very quick and thorough approach to instructions.”
“She’s clear, straightforward and practical – she’s very popular with clients.”
“Not a single weakness to be found”
“A class act; a brilliant mind, a clear thinker and very accommodating”
“She is incisive, confident, and intellectually and tactically sound”
“She puts the client at ease and inspires confidence in everything she does”
“An excellent junior”
“A phenomenal advocate who is very assured and instils confidence” “An acute analyst with a really sure grasp of public law principles”
“Very sensible and commercial, she always displays good judgment”
“She is very good on the law and has a clear and direct advocacy style which is very persuasive”
News, Articles & Publications
- Against Ideal Rights’ in Social Theory and Practice 2008 34 (3): 463-481
- ‘Welfare Rights as Equality Rights? Insights from the Supreme Court of Canada’ in S. Tierney (ed) Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007)
- ‘On Revaluing the Currency of Human Rights’ in Politics Philosophy and Economics 2007 6: 307-328
- ‘Welfare Rights and Conflicts of Rights’ in Res Publica 2006 12: 337-356