KATHERINE BURTON

 

Called : 2007

 

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KATHERINE BURTON – CHAMBERS PROFILE

Katherine initially trained as a solicitor in Defamation law and practice, as well as Privacy and Data Protection laws. She completed her training in 2002, with the leading Civil Liberties and Media Law firm, Simons Muirhead & Burton, where she chose to specialise in criminal law and litigation, defending in large-scale fraud and extradition cases.  She also developed a complimentary practice in the Privy Council, dealing with civil and criminal appeals from former commonwealth countries.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Katherine worked in a leading Human Rights chambers, assisting in high-profile cases, including the appeal of Myra Hindley to the House of Lords (as it then was) against her whole-life tariff in relation to the Moors murders; the successful appeals of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables to the European Court of Human Rights against the legality of the Home Secretary’s role in setting sentencing tariffs in cases of Detention at her Majesty’s Pleasure, and the successful appeal by Winston Silcott against his wrongful conviction for the murder of PC Blakelock during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots, as well as in his subsequent award for substantial damages against the Police for false imprisonment and wrongful conviction.

As a solicitor, Katherine has also acted for chiropractors in disciplinary proceedings before the General Chiropractic Council and advised in and investigated complaints against members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in disciplinary and licensing matters. She also acted in investigations and Civil Actions against the Police, securing damages for clients for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Katherine joined the Bar in 2007, preferring to represent clients in court to pursue her passion for protecting the individual’s right to a fair trial and due process in the courts. She represents individuals who face serious criminal charges and is regularly instructed to conduct trials in the Crown Court, as well as in the Magistrates and Youth courts, in a wide range of cases including offences against the person, offences of dishonesty and fraud and sexual offences. 

Solicitors who instruct Katherine say,

 “Kate has acted diligently whenever I have worked with her. She has been conscientious and quick to respond whenever I have contacted her with any queries.  She has also clearly shown a willingness and ability to get to grips with papers in a case well in advance of a hearing, which therefore enables her to appropriately address any issues in good time rather than at the last minute. She is also able to provide clear advice and direction. This assists greatly as an instructing solicitor in terms preparing the case appropriately. She has also impressed clients, who have provided me with feedback following hearings, and they expressed how pleased they were with the way in which she 'fought their corner'. Kate clearly has all of the attributes that an instructing solicitor looks for when instructing counsel.”

 

Solicitor at Mary Monson Solicitors, June 2015

 

 “Ms Burton was very friendly and easy to talk too…she was very robust in her approach and picked up and understood the issues.  This was then reflected in how she conducted the trial itself and led to excellent feedback being received by the client. The client specifically telephoned me wishing me to thank Ms Burton for her efforts and the result of her duly being acquitted. The client even sent me a letter of thanks which has been forwarded on to Ms Burton…this of course has left a lasting impression on the clients as well as Faradays Solicitors...I have no hesitation in recommending her for future cases.”

Solicitor at Faradays, June 2015