Kate Brunner QC

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Degree: 
MA (Hons) First Class (Edinburgh) Psychology, Diploma in Law (City University)
Year of call and Inn: 
1997; Inner Temple
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit; Criminal Bar Association, Inquest Lawyers’ Group
Appointments: 
QC 2015; Recorder 2012 (Crown Court); Part-time Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) 2014
Practice Overview: 

Kate Brunner QC has a busy practice in crime, fraud, regulatory work and inquests. She is recognised for her detailed case preparation and effective advocacy and is recommended as being a leader in her fields by leading legal directories: 'she is the exemplary criminal barrister' (Chambers and Partners 2016). Kate acts in gross negligence cases in criminal courts, and accepts instructions in civil clinical negligence cases.

Kate set up the Western Circuit Women's Forum in 2015 with others to address lack of diversity at the Bar (click here for further information).

 

Public Access:

Kate Brunner is licensed to accept work under the Public Access rules and undertakes such work in the regulatory, disciplinary, inquest and court of protection areas of her practice.

Areas of Practice

Recommendations

Leading silk in Crime:
"Highly regarded criminal silk"
"She welcomes difficult and novel cases, and is prepared to take the challenge."

"Recommended as a leading silk on the Western Circuit in serious violent crime, regulatory and fraud."
Chambers and Partners 2017

Leading silk in Regulatory, health and safety:
"well versed in inquests and professional discipline cases"
"she has a professional yet approachable manner"
Legal 500 2016

Top ranking in criminal law:

A new silk who has already established a name for herself on the Western Circuit. Her practice consists of defending and prosecuting technical cases relating to heavyweight crimes, such as fraud, murder and kidnapping offences.

“She is the exemplary criminal barrister. She is fiercely intelligent and a highly effective advocate. She is also a brilliant communicator out of court as well as in.”
Chambers and Partners 2016

“Highly regarded for prosecuting and defending in cases involving the most serious offences.”

Leading silk in Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing “Represents directors and the HSE in health and safety matter, and undertakes inquest work.”
Legal 500 2015

Top ranking in criminal law:

“She’s just extremely efficient, and she’s a tough practitioner – you don’t want to be against her if you can help it.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“A Leading junior in serious crime including white-collar frauds.”
“A Leading junior in Health and Safety, and Regulatory” “Prosecutes the most complex health and safety cases.”
Legal 500 2014

“She has a terrific eye for detail and a great presence in court.”
“Commentators are fulsome in their praise for her dedication, impressive case management and advocacy skills. Her expertise encompasses serious crime, regulatory crime and fraud.”
Chambers and Partners 2014

“first-class brain, and very good court manner.”
“handles complex health and safety cases for the HSE.”
Legal 500 2013

“her “breadth of intellect” marks her out from her peers.”
Chambers and Partners 2013

“an exceptionally able advocate with an excellent understanding of inquests and psychology.”
Legal 500 2012

“outstanding and fearless advocate.”
“has the ability to make well-informed legal and tactical judgements.”
“has a notable regulatory practice.”
Legal 500 2011

Recommendations from public access clients:

‘It was a huge relief to be able to entrust the inquest case to you. Your advice before the hearing was very helpful and we couldn’t have asked for more at the inquest itself’. (2014)

‘We were very pleased that you were able to explore areas that seemed unlikely to be allowed given what the Coroner had been saying beforehand, and that his conclusions recorded so much of what we had hoped for but feared might not be achievable. We are all very grateful to you.’ (2013)