Details of practice

Kitty practises across chambers’ areas of expertise with a particular focus on crime, licensing and inquests.

Crime

Kitty appears on behalf of the defence and Crown in all criminal courts. She is regularly instructed in serious crime and fraud.

She has wide experience in all aspects of criminal law. In addition to her practice in commercial crime, she regularly represents clients charged with offences against the person, drugs related offences and sexual offences. She has experience representing youths, as well as litigating sensitive issues relating to mental ill health and fitness to plead.

Kitty is currently instructed for a former trader charged with manipulation of the Libor benchmark rate.

Proceeds of crime

Kitty is experienced in confiscation, cash forfeiture and restraint proceedings both as a led junior and alone. She has acted for both individuals and government departments in proceeds of crime and related hearings.

Having successfully appealed against a confiscation order, appearing alone in the Court of Appeal, she is currently instructed led by Simon Farrell QC in the same proceedings in the Supreme Court in R v Guraj.

Extradition

Kitty acts for the requested person in extradition proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court and in the Administrative Court on appeal.

Regulatory and licensing

Kitty accepts instructions in a range of regulatory and health and safety matters for both the defence and the prosecution. She has acted for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and regularly prosecutes on behalf of Transport for London as well as devising and delivering training to enforcement officers at TfL in bringing prosecutions.

Kitty regularly advises and acts on behalf of operators of licensed premises, local authorities and interested parties in Licensing Act 2003 proceedings. She has acted for a leading independent bookshop establishing new licensed premises and advised a restaurant franchise on potential liability under the Health Act 2006.

Inquests

Kitty regularly represents interested persons in inquests, both authorities and families. She advises on potential liability arising from coronial proceedings, and on both public and civil law remedies available following inquests.

Other areas of interest

Further to her experience in similar jurisdictions, Kitty has advised on criminal liability in UK overseas territories including the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands.

Education/professional qualifications

BA (Cantab):  English Literature (First class)
Graduate Diploma in Law, City University
Bar Vocational Course
Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2008-9 and 2009-10

Other information

In 2010-2011 Kitty was based in the Caribbean as a legal assistant on the Special Investigations and Prosecution Team investigating the former Prime Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Misick and members of his cabinet for corruption in a team led by Helen Garlick and Andrew Mitchell QC.

Immediately prior to commencing pupillage, Kitty worked as a legal researcher at BCL Burton Copeland, providing assistance to the partners across a range of the firm’s work focussing in particular on compliance advice on the Bribery Act 2012, as well as assisting on the first edition of the Serious Fraud Office 2011 publication Serious Economic Crime: a boardroom guide to prevention and compliance.

On graduating Kitty was a publically funded researcher and adviser to the opposition front bench in the House of Lords, reporting directly to the leader of the opposition, advising on the processing of legislation through the Lords, drafting speeches and amendments.  She then worked at the Advertising Association as project manager of the industry committee proposing the new framework of the self-regulation of online advertising for the Advertising Standards Authority, as well as representing the interests of the UK advertising industry to DCMS and Ofcom and the EU parliamentary forum on new media in Brussels.