kate-cornell | kate-cornell | Kate Cornell
read history at St John's College
converted to law at City University
and then completed the BVC at ICSL.
was called by Lincoln's Inn in October 2003.
After interning in Washington, DC for a non-profit organisation, Kate
completed a criminal law pupillage and practised in criminal law until 2008 when she
went in-house to work for Berrymans Lace Mawer solicitors.
At BLM Kate worked on all aspects of professional negligence law, specialising in police law.
In July 2010 Kate
accepted tenancy at chambers.
has an extensive practice in police work and a broad experience of civil claims including claims for wrongful arrest, assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, discrimination and misfeasance in public office.
regularly handles human rights claims, especially involving Articles 2 and 8 and those arising out of protest.
has particular expertise in the complex issues surrounding the use and protection of informants and has recently argued several cases addressing the developing area of law relating to the "core immunity" of witnesses from suit.
has a high success rate in striking out unmeritorious claims at the earliest possible stage, and of obtaining civil restraint orders against vexatious serial litigants.
With both criminal and civil experience, Kate
has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and issues facing police forces today, and she
has the benefit of having appeared in jury trials, the Court of Appeal and the High Court in both civil and criminal contexts.
regularly advises and lectures on police policy, topical policing issues and key areas of new and established law, including police powers relating to protest and trespassory assemblies; disclosure and data protection; and the taking, retention and use of photographs without arrest or charge.
frequently contributes to chambers police law publications.
has a comprehensive police disciplinary practice and regularly appears as presenting officer and as legal adviser to the panel.
handles cases from initial advice and drafting the Regulation 21 notice through to misconduct hearings, the Police Appeals Tribunal and Judicial Review.
regularly handles complex, lengthy and sensitive cases including cases of sexual misconduct and those attracting significant media interest.
has been commended on her
witness handling in misconduct proceedings and was praised by the panel for her
presentation of a high-profile case involving five Merseyside Matrix
officers dismissed for gross misconduct following improper and unprofessional behaviour during a search.
frequently delivers training sessions and lectures on all aspects of police discipline including misconduct and unsatisfactory performance.
Kate also has experience of cases at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal, and is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.