Kate O’Raghallaigh > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Kate specialises in crime, extradition and crime related public law.


Kate is a defence specialist. Her practice encompasses criminal law, extradition and public law in the field of criminal justice. She is a versatile practitioner, being one of the few juniors in the country who specialises in terrorism work and who is dual-ranked in Chambers & Partners in the categories of Crime and Extradition.

Within crime and related civil work, she has particular expertise in terrorism, national security and the rights of children. In extradition, she has particular experience in cases which involve issues of jurisdiction and a cross-over with international criminal law. Kate has a strong appellate and judicial review practice and regularly appears alone and led in the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court. She is acting for several defendants in relation to murder appeals relating to the decision of the Supreme Court in Jogee [2016] UKSC 8.  

Kate’s practice often has an international dimension and she has advised in criminal, extradition and death penalty cases in Botswana, Kyrgyrzstan, Gibraltar, Bulgaria, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda and the Bahamas.  

Kate is a member of the Foreign Office Panel of Pro Bono lawyers for British citizens detained abroad, and she has trained lawyers in the applicability of international human rights law to counter-terrorism legislation on behalf of the United Nations. She is a contributing author to Mason’s Forensic Medicine for Lawyers (Bloomsbury Professional) on the issue of deaths in custody.




Criminal Bar Association
Middle Temple
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
London Irish Lawyers Association


BA Hons (Cantab) English Literature 2004-2007
Graduate Diploma in Law 2008-2009
Bar Vocational Course 2009-2011
Hardwicke Scholar 2008-2010
Chambers of George Carter Stephenson QC and Paul Mendelle QC at 25 Bedford Row: pupillage 2011-2013

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Kate O’RaghallaighDoughty Street ChambersShe is succinct, compelling, and formidable.

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.