Kate Parker

2014

Kate is an excellent advocate. She is extremely diligent and works incredibly hard to prepare the best case possible for her clients. It is so refreshing to work with Counsel who is as proactive and attentive as Kate.

- Instructing solicitor

Overview

Kate’s diverse practice has an increasing emphasis on fraud and business crime.

As second junior and then junior, Kate secured the acquittals of two former Deutsche Bank traders in two separate trials brought by the SFO for alleged EURIBOR benchmark manipulation. Both cases received widespread national and international press coverage.

Kate has worked extensively with the FCA, having been instructed as counsel on a regulator-wide investigation into its supervision of the Co-op Bank prior to the Bank’s declared £1.5 billion capital shortfall. Kate prosecutes on behalf of HMRC, the Insolvency Service, and the Federation Against Copyright Theft. She is currently instructed by the CPS’ Specialist Fraud Division as disclosure counsel on a widescale VAT fraud (Operation Epsom), and by the Government Legal Department to advise on issues of LPP (Operation Fox).

Kate enjoys a broad Crown Court practice, defending clients charged with PWITS (Class A), firearms offences, false imprisonment, fraud, robbery, and a range of violent and sexual offences. Kate is regularly instructed in Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings, on both sides of the courtroom. In a recent appeal by way of case stated, her submissions were described by Lord Justice Holroyde as ‘admirably succinct and focused […] a model of their kind’ (Hurdower v DPP [2018] EWHC 3044).

Kate is skilled at driving cases. Her clients regularly avoid disqualification when driving over twice the speed limit. To date, Kate has not lost an exceptional hardship argument.

Outside court, Kate co-leads the Tech London Advocates’ Blockchain Litigation Group. She also founded the Schools Consent Project, a charity which delivers workshops to school children on the legal definition of consent. Kate recently received an award from 10 Downing Street in recognition of her work.

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