Kate Smith (Member)
Date of Call: 2013 Middle Temple
Qualifications: LLB Hons (Durham University)
Areas of Practice:
- Crown Prosecution Service (General Crime) - Grade 1
Profile: Kate joined chambers in Autumn 2017 after successfully completing pupillage. Before qualifying Kate spent two years in the Financial Conduct Authority’s Enforcement Department assisting in the prosecution of insider dealing offences. She has also spent time as a legal assistant in the legal departments of Enfield and Guildford Borough Councils working on various aspects of local government law, including prosecutions for breaches of environmental and planning law, child protection cases, and judicial reviews.
Kate regularly prosecutes and defends in a range of criminal matters. She has particular knowledge of financial crime.
During her time at local authorities Kate worked on contractual and property disputes and on enforcement actions. She has built on this experience and appears in County Court trials.
Kate has a good understanding of local government law from her time in the legal departments of Enfield and Guildford Borough Councils. Kate also has a thorough knowledge of special educational needs law having volunteered for IPSEA, a legal charity, as an adviser.
Cases of note:
R v M (Maidstone Crown Court) successful appeal from conviction in relation to a charge of assaulting a police officer. Crown’s case dismissed following cross examination of police officer.
Memberships:Association of Women Barristers