Kate appears at planning inquiries on behalf of developers, local authorities and third parties and also has extensive experience of High Court and Court of Appeal work in the planning & environmental context dating back to the very beginning of her practice. She has regularly advised the Environment Agency and also Defra.
She acted with Christopher Katkowski QC, promoting the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at the call-in Inquiry heard in October and November 2020.
She recently acted for Ealing LBC in the 55 West tall building inquiry heard in July 2021, and is currently acting in the appeal in relation to 56-58 Stanley Gardens ealing, due to be heard in November - December 2021.
In July 2019 she appeared for Wiltshire County Council at the Stonehenge tunnel DCO hearings.
Kate represented most of the Rule 6 parties at the Swiss Cottage tall building Inquiry (the 100 Avenue Road site) in which the major issues were heritage and daylight/sunlight and she appeared with Christopher Katkowski QC for the developer at the Inquiry for the Newcombe House scheme at Notting Hill Gate in November 2019, focusing on heritage, townscape and affordable housing issues. She has also advised on various issues in relation to the 40 Leadenhall Street redevelopment.
She is currently instructed with Christopher Katkowski QC by Wirral Council in connection with the preparation of its Local Plan. Together they have produced the experts' verification report of Wirral's Action Plan, in one of the first cases in which the Secretary of State has intervened under the 2004 Act in the Local Plan process.
Other recent work includes bringing successful judicial reviews and s288 and s289 appeals on behalf of individuals.
Kate regularly advises in relation to a very wide range of issues, including all Local Plan issues, the construction or variation of s106 Agreements, lawful development certificates, permitted development rights, affordable housing, TPOs, as well as generally in relation to the lawfulness of local authority and planning inspector decisions. She has advised in relation to basement development applications in Kensington & Chelsea and matters raising issues of daylight and overshadowing. She has also advised the developer of a proposed Motorway Service Area in which the major issue is its Green Belt location.
Kate also has strong expertise in enforcement appeal inquiries and related matters.
She has advised in relation to Neighbourhood Development Plans and conducted a mediation between a local authority and a would-be Neighbourhood Forum, successfully avoiding a judicial review.
Kate has expanded her planning practice to Hong Kong. She was instructed by the Hong Kong Government in Jonnex v Town Planning Board  HKCFI 62 (in relation to a challenge to the refusal to re-zone a site on an Outline Zoning Plan on Hong Kong island), and is instructed by the Hong Kong Government in the judicial review in Royal Billion Investment v Town Planning Board.
Kate is currently acted for the developer, Nam Sang Wai Development Company Limited, in a lengthy planning appeal (equivalent to a Planning Inquiry procedure) which was heard over 4 weeks in November 2020 and January 2021. The appeal concerns the proposed development of a part of the Nam Sang Wai site in order to facilitate the long-term conservation and management of an internationally important wetland (part of which is a Ramsar site). The case raises many important ecological issues.
Kate acted as Junior Counsel for Designing Hong Kong Ltd, a Hong Kong planning & environmental NGO, in a judicial review in which the applicant applied for a Protective Costs Order. The matter was heard by the Court of Final Appeal (Hong Kong’s Supreme Court equivalent) in April 2018 and made the law on protective costs orders/cost capping orders for Hong Kong: Designing Hong Kong Ltd v Town Planning Board and Secretary for Justice  HKCFA 16.
Kate is a judicial review specialist, with extensive experience covering the fields of planning & environmental, mental health, prisons, education (including special educational needs), asylum & immigration (including cases involving national security), social security, community care, prisons and general local government including the political balance of committees and issues of local government finance.
Kate successfully appeared as sole Counsel in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in C v Secretary of State for Justice  UKSC 2, in which it was established that there is no presumption of anonymity in civil proceedings in the High Court relating to patients detained in psychiatric hospitals or otherwise subject to compulsory powers under the Mental Health Act 1983.
Before deciding to focus on expanding her international practice in Hong Kong she served on the Attorney-General's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, acting for a wide range of Central Government departments and agencies (including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Environment Agency, Defra, Department of Transport, Department for Work and Pensions, HM Treasury, Department of Education and the Ministry of Justice). She has been 'DV' cleared since 2007 and has conducted extensive exculpatory reviews in the context of appeals to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
Kate was heavily involved in the challenge brought by Bank Mellat against the 2011 and 2012 Financial Restrictions Orders imposed by HM Treasury restricting all Iranian financial institutions from accessing financial markets in the UK and also the US$4bn damages claim brought as a result of the Supreme Court decision in relation to the 2009 Financial Restriction Order affecting Bank Mellat.
Kate has also regularly acted for individual claimants, instructed amongst others by the Public Law Project, Birnberg Peirce, Leigh Day and Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd. She has represented appellants in the Immigration & Asylum Chamber and Upper Tribunal and also has very extensive experience in unlawful detention claims. She is a former Chair of the Free Representation Unit and represented FRU on the then Attorney-General's Pro Bono Co-ordinating Committee.
Kate has substantial knowledge of the law of cost capping orders. In Hong Kong she acted for Designing Hong Kong Ltd, a Hong Kong planning & environmental NGO, in a judicial review in which the applicant applied for a Protective Costs Order. The matter was heard by the Court of Final Appeal (Hong Kong's Supreme Court equivalent) in April 2018 and made the law on protective costs orders/cost capping orders for Hong Kong: Designing Hong Kong Ltd v Town Planning Board and Secretary for Justice  HKCFA 16. The arguments and judgements drew heavily on the English (and Australian) jurisprudence from Corner House onwards.
She also has substantial experience in safeguarding matters and appeared many times in the Upper and First-tier Tribunals dealing with these issues and conducting appeals brought against placement on the Children's and/or Adults' Barred Lists under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (and its predecessor legislation providing for the PoVA, PoCA and List 99 schemes).
Kate is a member of Parkside Chambers in Hong Kong. She is the co-author of 'Planning Law in Hong Kong', Lexis Nexis April 2018 and co-updated Lexis Nexis' 'Judicial Review in Hong Kong'.
As part of the process of admission to the Hong Kong Bar, Kate focused on many areas of Hong Kong law (including property, equity and trusts, constitutional and administrative and company law) and is well placed to advise on the interface between UK and Hong Kong law. She can accept instructions from both UK-based and HK-based clients. She speaks Mandarin and has a basic
knowledge of Cantonese.
Kate conducted many training sessions on the European Convention on Human Rights for local lawyers, judges and NGO representatives in various countries including Albania, Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo, the Caucasus and the Russian Federation, invited by the Council of Europe's Directorate General of Human Rights.
In 2002 Kate was the Pegasus Scholar to Hong Kong where she worked as a judicial assistant to Frank Stock VP (as he then was) in the Court of Appeal.
Kate has been a CEDR-accredited mediator since 2005 and was a delegate to the South Asia Regional ADR conference. She also organised mediation training in Pakistan including for an NGO (the Aurat Foundation) based in Peshawar in North-West Frontier Province. Her experience of mediation has largely focused on planning and property-related matters but she does not limit her interest to the resolution of cases in any particular area of law. Indeed her expertise in the area of public and administrative law gives her special insight into the context underlying matters in that area. She has mediated disputes between a local authority and a neighbourhood development forum, successfully avoiding a judicial review, and other disputes between local authorities and various groups. She also has experience of mediation in Hong Kong.