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 helped secure the acquittals of two former Deutsche Bank traders in separate trials brought by the SFO for alleged EURIBOR benchmark manipulation. Both cases received widespread national and international press coverage.

Kate defends those charged with drugs and firearms offences, false imprisonment, child abduction, fraud, robbery, and various violent and sexual offences. Most recently, she represented a paramedic before his regulator accused of the historic rape of a 12-year-old girl in a graveyard. After extensive cross-examination of the complainant, the case could not be proven to the civil standard.

Kate is currently being led in a private prosecution after her client, a Dubai steel magnate, was defrauded millions on the London property market. Kate is a Level 2 prosecutor, and regularly appears on behalf of HMRC and the Insolvency Service. She was recently instructed by the CPS’ Specialist Fraud Division as disclosure counsel on a widescale VAT fraud (Operation Epsom), and by DVSA to advise on issues of LPP (Operation Fox).

Alongside her Crown Court practice, Kate appears in Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings. In an 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 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 has advised the regulator on its handling of allegations of securities fraud and money laundering at Beaufort Securities Limited, and its handling of intelligence received through the Lloyds Banking Group’s whistleblowing regime.

Kate is direct access qualified and welcomes instructions from members of the public.

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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