Kate is the Director of the Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC). YJLC was set up by Just for Kids Law in 2014 as a centre of excellence on youth justice law. The website (www.yjlc.uk) has comprehensive information and resources on youth justice law. Our team of youth justice lawyers provide training and specialist advice to lawyers, the judiciary and youth justice professionals as well children and their families. We provide a legal update service to subscribers on youth justice legislation, cases and guidance.
Kate is a youth justice specialist barrister at Garden Court Chambers and having qualified in 2001 has represented many children and adults in criminal and prison law cases. Kate has delivered training programmes for Just for Kids Law and the Prison Reform Trust and given expert evidence before the Joint Committee on Human Rights as well as providing expertise on a number of national reviews and reports.
Kate has an extensive knowledge of children’s rights law and also works as an SEN mediator. She is the author of Making Mediation Work For You (LAG, June 2012). Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice, describes her “excellent book” as “breaking new ground”. Kate worked as a youth worker and teacher in England, Kenya and Uganda before training as a barrister. She co-founded a small charity working in Uganda and is a trustee and Board member for a number of organisations supporting and empowering children and young people.