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Kate Parker

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Civitas Law (Civitas Law)


Kate accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice and has a particular interest in public and regulatory law as well as Chancery and consumer law. She has also developed a strong personal injury practice. Public and regulatory law: Kate has experience in a range of areas including licensing, housing law and boundary disputes. She has represented prosecuting agencies such as the Royal Mail Legal Services and acted for the police in various hearings including those relating to Sexual Offences Prevention Orders and the Police Property Act. She has also appeared in judicial review proceedings and appears in both the First and Upper Tribunals in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. Kate has represented interested parties at coroner’s inquests. She is also instructed by local authorities in public interest immunity hearings in relation to prosecutions in the Crown Court. Kate has given presentations for a number of local authority lawyers and officers in the following areas: compulsory purchase orders; land assembly; sales at an undervalue and state aid; and community asset transfers. Chancery and consumer law: Kate has been involved in a number of cases concerning contract and trusts law, from initial advice to pleadings and trial. These cases have included issues such as beneficial interests and constructive trusts. She has also successfully represented a landlord in a multi-track trial involving applications for vesting orders under the Insolvency Act 1986, the nature of tenancy, termination of tenancy and relief from forfeiture. Kate has also dealt with claims of loans between cohabitees and advised on evidential issues in relation to quantum. Personal injury: Kate has a busy personal injury practice dealing with both fast and multi track cases. She represents both claimants and defendants in a range of work including occupiers and employers liability, road traffic accidents and claims by prisoners and against the police. She has recently been led in a five day multi track quantum trial and is currently advising on cases concerning historic sexual abuse. Further, Kate regularly appears in criminal injuries compensation authority cases. She also appears in costs management hearings and detailed assessment hearings and has been involved in advising on and drafting points of dispute for a Court of Appeal case. Employment: Kate has a burgeoning employment law practice advising acting for both claimants and respondents in cases concerning a range of issues including unfair and constructive dismissal as well as discrimination. She has also represented respondents in both the Jersey and Guernsey Employment Tribunals.


Called 2010, Inner Temple. Prior to joining Civitas Law, Kate completed her pupillage working as a member of the defence team for the now president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, who is currently charged with crimes against humanity arising from the post-election violence of 2008. She was heavily involved in the preparation and conduct of the confirmation of charges hearing, including drafting filings before the court, preparing submissions, conducting in-depth legal research and assisting with investigations in Kenya. Notable cases include: Wagner v HCT (2014) – Jersey ET represented the respondent in a claim for unfair dismissal, challenging both the reason for dismissal and the procedures followed. The claimant also raised issues of discrimination. This case involved dealing with Jersey employment law and procedure, a number of areas of which differ from the UK Tribunals. After a two day hearing the claimant’s claim was dismissed in its entirety; and Kitomari v Cardiff Met Students Union (2014) – representing the respondent in a three-day racial discrimination trial including allegations of (i) unfavourable treatment on the grounds of race before, during and after the disciplinary process; (ii) offensive and discriminatory comments by senior management and other members of staff. The Tribunal rejected all of the claimant’s complaints. Publications of note: The Next Step, Does Simmons v Castle Bring Simplicity & Clarity to Damages for Tort’, New Law Journal, Vol 162, Issue 7528, 7 September 2012; ‘Review of the Low Value RTA Process’, Personal Injury Law Journal, 1 October 2012; ‘Health and Safety Executive v Wolverhampton City Council [2012] UKSC 24 – the final word on the relevance of financial considerations in the exercise of discretion under s.97 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990’, Cynllunio Magazine, Winter 2012 Ed; ‘The RTA Portal, Professor Fenn’s Review and the Extensions’, Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal, 20 December 2012.


Richard Huish College (2004-06); Cardiff University (2006-09 LLB (Hons) 2(1)); Cardiff University , CPLS (2009-10 BVC, Outstanding).


Plays netball in the Cardiff and District League. Gym, swimming and running.

Regional Bar: Wales and Chester Circuit

Personal injury

Within: Leading Juniors

Kate Parker - Civitas Law ‘ Particularly recommended in industrial disease cases. ’

Within: Personal injury

Civitas Law is home to one of the largest personal injury teams on circuit, and as such is a notable presence across this area of law. Key areas for the set include mesothelioma claims, where Kate Parker is the name to note, and complex brain or spinal injury cases, where Bryan Thomas and Nicholas Jones are highly recommended.

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