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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Katy Thorne QC has over 25 years’ experience of defending in the most serious of crime and has a burgeoning inquest practice. 

She is ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and has recently been appointed as an Assistant Coroner.

Her specialisms include the most serious violence, including murder and manslaughter, sexual allegations and abuse, child abuse and financial crime. She is frequently instructed in multi handed murders and  is “always thorough and well-prepared” (Legal 500) and, with long experience of representing vulnerable or professional defendants, her client care is second to none.

She is regularly instructed in heavy fraud and money laundering cases. Her training and experience of working in in banking and insurance early in her career provides her with particular insight into real business life. She has a flair for getting the best out of anxious clients, and in court knows when to ruffle feathers and when to charm. Her recent caseload includes an international conspiracy to defraud which was privately prosecuted by the Premier League, high value bank fraud/money laundering, conspiracy to defraud by false representation and multi-million boiler room fraud. She is always available for pre-charge advice and will actively pursue all available routes to prevent prosecution.

Her clients, whether professionals accused of fraud or sexual offending, parents accused of baby abuse, teenagers accused of gang killings, or Interested Persons in inquests, receive a combination of tactical nous, clever legal arguments, robust advocacy and jury craft to obtain the best possible outcome.

Katy has particular expertise in challenging experts from medical to cell site “Excellent on forensic issues, especially baby-shaking cases and appeal work.” (Legal 500) “She has an exceptional ability to unravel complex medical evidence and deal with expert witnesses” (Chambers & Partners).  She is often sought by professionals who may also face proceedings brought by their regulatory body, particularly where those arise as a result of criminal allegations. In 2015, she published Mason’s Forensic Medicine for Lawyers with Professor Helen Whitwell and others.

Katy’s inquest work has become a larger part of her practice, with experience of representing families in deaths involving suspected suicide, alleged lack of care in hospitals and prisons, and violent deaths.

Katy has a long and established record in second opinion appellate work, including CCRC and ECtHR. Her clients praise her brilliant judgment, her robust court presence, and creative intelligence and being easy to work with.


Called 1994.




Criminal Bar Association

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association

Society of Labour Lawyers

Legal Action Group



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Katy Thorne QCDoughty Street ChambersCombines an eye for detail with a persuasive and engaging court style. Clients always like her and she gets the best from them. Is energetic and enthusiastic with advice in preparation for trial and then has the experience and poise to get results in court.

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘an excellent set‘ with ‘a huge range of very talented barristers‘. Defence work is a core pillar of strength for the set, alongside its established capabilities in criminal appeals and terrorism cases. Katy Thorne QC led Kate O’Raghallaigh in defending Adrian Hoare against charges of manslaughter after her three-year-old son died from asphyxiation after being allegedly crushed to death behind a car seat; Hoare was acquitted of manslaughter but received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Emma Goodall acted for Sajid Idris, who pled guilty to four counts of distributing terrorist material; he received a suspended sentence. Liam Walker and Benjamin Newton represented Alice Cutter and Mark Jones, respectively, who were convicted of being members of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action in a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in an earlier trial.