Kate Riekstina – Pupil Barrister

Kate Riekstina - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Kate graduated from Bournemouth University with an LLB in Law, achieving a 2:1. She then went on to complete the BPTC at City Law School gaining a “Very Competent” and was awarded with Distinction after completing LLM in Criminal Justice at Queen Mary University of London. Kate was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in March 2016.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Kate spent time working as a prison officer at HMP Holloway and HMP Pentonville on the mental health unit and residential wings. She also spent time working as a Crown Court paralegal at a solicitors’ firm based in London dealing with all areas of crime including theft, fraud, sexual offences, drug offences, ABH and GBH.

Kate is undertaking pupillage under the supervision of Richard Thyne and Ian Goldsack.

Expertise

  • Crime

    Kate accepts instructions in all aspects of criminal proceedings. She has appeared in Magistrates’ Court trials consistently throughout pupillage. She has also appeared at the Crown Court in relation to probation breaches, bail applications, committals for sentence and appeals from the Magistrates’ Court.

    Cases

    R v F (2018)

    Appeared on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service. The Defendant was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment for racially aggravated harassment. The case was reported in the Sheffield Star.

    R v M (a youth) (2018)

    Appeared on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service. Defendant pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was committed to Crown Court for sentence.

    R v M (2018)

    Appeared at the Crown Court on behalf of the Defendant who was in breach of a suspended sentence of 18 months imprisonment. Successfully argued that the Court ought not to activate the term of imprisonment.

    R v D (2018)

    Appeared at the Crown Court on behalf of the Defendant. The Defendant was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment for an offence occasioning actual bodily harm committed in prison. The case was reported in the Sheffield Star.

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