Katherine White

Katherine is a confident and approachable advocate. Her attention to detail, coupled with her conscientious and assiduous approach to her work, has been recognised by members of the judiciary, opposing counsel, and solicitors.

Throughout her pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service, Katherine was exposed to a high volume of cases from charge to sentence, including undertaking reviews of case files, providing further advice to the police concerning reasonable lines of enquiry and developing an intimate knowledge of the processes and procedure relating to disclosure.

Katherine has demonstrated a proficiency in dealing with victims and witnesses in a manner which supports and informs them throughout the court process. Katherine intends to continue to finesse this skill in her developing criminal practice.

Education

  • Master in Law Exempting (BPTC), Northumbria University (2018) – First Class Honours
  • Very Competent BPTC

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple (Call 2018)

Expertise

  • Crime

    Crown Court 

    Katherine has prosecuted in the Crown Court, dealing with a variety of committal for sentence and bail application hearings and will continue to strive to undertake more complex and challenging criminal work.

    Cases of Note

    R v HB: Theft from an employer initially valued at over £130,000; basis of plea for theft to the value of £90,000 was proffered. Conference with reviewing lawyer; further advice on evidence and acceptability of basis of plea provided and followed.

    R v NK; R v QF: Committal for sentence for firearms offences where a sentencing note was provided to assist and addressed recent changes in sentencing guidelines.

    R v CA: Sentence for multiple offences of arson within a prison environment which resulted in consideration of the dangerousness provisions.

    R v NJ: Advice addressing further charges of offering to supply Class A drugs following late receipt of further evidence for a Defendant already charged with offences arising out of the supply of illicit drugs at a music festival.

    R v ZA and JB: Sentencing two teenagers, one with learning difficulties, for dangerous driving following an incident of racing which resulted in significant damage to a number of vehicles.

    R v JE: Committal for sentence for possession with intent to supply approximately £23,000 worth of Class A and Class B drugs that were being stored in a shipping container where consideration for Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings were given.

    Magistrates’ Court

    Since September 2020, Katherine has prosecuted trials, remand and case management courts, including dealing with considerations for remand, case management and sentencing of youth cases. In addition, she has developed a familiarity with road traffic offences and consideration of special reasons and exceptional hardship applications.

    Cases of Note

    R v CA: Trial of a domestic assault and breach of a restraining order and briefed in the subsequent committal for sentence.

    R v MS: Successfully applied for a restraining order following a not guilty verdict for breach of a non-molestation order.

    R v KS: Trial of adult who assaulted a youth complainant occasioning him actual bodily harm.

    R v CC: Trial of racially aggravated assault which required careful management of special measures applications and the use of an interpreter.

    R v RF: Domestic assault trial where a bad character application had not been previously made. A bad character skeleton argument was drafted and served out of time, resulting in a guilty plea on the day of trial.

    R v JE: Prosecuted a speeding case where it became apparent that there was a realistic prospect that the Defendant’s husband had perverted the course of justice. At the conclusion of the trial, an advice was submitted for consideration of a police investigation and potential charges.

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  • Personal Injury

    Prior to commencing pupillage, Katherine worked as a county court advocate for a period of 18 months, acting in small claims trials, infant settlement proceedings and debt recovery matters.

    Cases include

    WF v Defendant: Represented the Complainant at trial seeking damages and hire charges for a road traffic collision which took place between the Complainant’s vehicle and a double decker bus during the incumbent weather of ‘The Beast from the East’ in February 2019. Judgment in full was awarded in favour of the Complainant.

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