Kate Young – Senior Associate specialising in Criminal Defence & Pre-Charge
Kate began working in criminal defence in 2008 and attained accreditation as a police station representative the following year. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 specialising in Criminal defence. Kate then progressed further and gained duty status in 2011. In 2017 she was awarded Higher Rights of Audience allowing her to represent clients before the Crown Court.
In addition to Criminal law, Kate has practised Childcare law and Health and Safety prosecutions.
She has represented clients before the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court and in Family proceedings.
Since qualification, Kate has specialised in defending clients charged with serious cases with particular emphasis on defending sexual allegations. She is a skilled trial advocate ensuring cases are prepared meticulously.
She regularly attends Court and the police station providing robust and clear advice based upon current legislation and case law.
She is instructed on both a private and legal aid basis.
She has considerable experience covering the full spectrum of criminal offences from low level matters to the most serious offences.
She is now specialising in pre charge investigation and identifying lines of enquiry at an early stage to steer police away from charge. She appreciates that clients will often have little knowledge of the criminal justice system and takes time to explain matters carefully and to ensure her clients are kept up to date every step of the way.