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Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC
Albion Chambers


Kate Brunner QC has a busy practice in crime, fraud, regulatory work and inquests. She is recognised for her detailed case preparation and effective advocacy and is recommended as being a leader in her fields by leading legal directories: ‘she is the exemplary criminal barrister’ (Chambers and Partners 2016). Kate acts in gross negligence cases in criminal courts, and accepts instructions in civil clinical negligence cases. Kate is instructed in family fact finding hearings where sexual abuse or serious injury is alleged.

Kate is Leader of the Western Circuit.

Kate set up the Western Circuit Women’s Forum in 2015 with others to address lack of diversity at the Bar (click here for further information).

Kate is also an associate tenant of the 36 Group, London.


Leader of the Western Circuit; QC 2015; Recorder 2012 (Crown Court); Part-time Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) 2014


Western Circuit; South Eastern Circuit; Criminal Bar Association, Inquest Lawyers’ Group


Edinburgh University (MA (Hons) First Class Psychology); City University (Diploma in Law)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Kate Brunner QCAlbion ChambersKate is a tour de force. She exudes confidence and is able to live up to her reputation because she is phenomenally hard working and smart.

Albion Chambers has ‘good depth in general crime barristers and a number of rising stars‘. Kate Brunner QC recently prosecuted a couple who abused a 15-month-old baby; the abuse involved multiple fractures to the child. Brunner QC also prosecuted a man who was convicted of murder after strangling his wife, and placing a note to stop his children entering the room where he left her body. At the junior end, David Sapiecha was the leading counsel prosecuting 28 counts of rape, sexual assault, and voyeurism by a photographer who had set up a fake modelling agency. He also defended in a drugs conspiracy regarding the importation of 1,500kg of cocaine. Edward Hetherington acted in a seven-week trial of five defendants prosecuted by the NHS Anti-Fraud Unit with allegations against former directors of a hospice charity and their building contractors. The defendants were said to have dishonestly inflated bids for charitable funds and then diverted surplus funds into unauthorised spending.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Kate Brunner QCAlbion ChambersHer expertise, versatility and elegant approach to advocacy makes her stand apart from others in the field.

Albion Chambers‘ regulatory offering focuses primarily on health and safety cases, although members are also instructed in relation to fires safety, Care Quality Commission decisions, and consumer protection regulations. Kate Brunner QC is involved in some of the circuit’s most serious regulatory matters, with recent work including food labelling and allergy issues, such as her prosecution of Pret a Manger, which allegedly did not disclose the presence of sesame seeds in a product, leading to a life-threatening allergic reaction in a customer. Alan Fuller is another key figure in the team, with a broad regulatory practice covering several different sectors and authorities and generally focusing on prosecution.