Kate Brunner QC

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MA (Hons) First Class (Edinburgh) Psychology, Diploma in Law (City University)
Year of call and Inn: 
1997; Inner Temple
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit; South Eastern Circuit; Criminal Bar Association, Inquest Lawyers’ Group
Leader of the Western Circuit; QC 2015; Recorder 2012 (Crown Court); Part-time Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) 2014 ; Chair of the Appeal Board of the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority
Public Access Areas: 
Practice Overview: 

Kate Brunner QC has a busy practice in serious crime, regulatory work and inquests. She is recognised for her detailed case preparation, her ability to distill complex technical evidence 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 has been identified by the Legal 500 as a leading silk in crime, business crime and regulatory, and inquest work. Kate is instructed in family fact finding hearings where there is complex expert evidence and a fatality, serious sexual abuse or serious injury is alleged.

Kate is Leader of the Western Circuit. She is elected to represent the barristers in the South West, one of six geographical 'circuits' that make up the Bar of England and Wales.

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).

Kate was selected in 2020 to be Chair of the Appeal Board of the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority, the self–regulatory arm of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. She chairs a Board which hears appeals from first-instance decisions relating to alleged breaches of the Pharmaceutical Industry Code of Conduct. 

Kate is also an associate tenant of the 36 Group, London.

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


"She is exceptional."
Chambers and Partners 2022

"Highly regarded for her strength both in criminal and regulatory matters and inquests. In the inquests space, Brunner represents families of the deceased, police forces and NHS trusts, and has particular expertise in inquests in the health care space."
Legal 500 2022

"A notable silk regularly instructed in serious violent crime, fraud and regulatory offences. She has a noted expertise in homicides, and acts for both the prosecution and the defence." "She has a real eye for seeing the gaps in cases and where research is needed. Very detail-oriented."
Chambers and Partners 2021

Leading Silk in Crime (General and Fraud)
"Kate is a tour de force. She exudes confidence and is able to live up to her reputation because she is phenomenally hard working and smart."

Leading Silk in Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Health and Safety)

"Her expertise, versatility and elegant approach to advocacy makes her stand apart from others in the field." 
Legal 500 2021

"A notable silk regularly instructed in serious violent crime, fraud and regulatory offences" "Kate comes across as effortless in court. She is always thoroughly prepared and very quick-thinking."
Chambers and Partners 2020

"She is very incisive, she deals with complex issues very well and she is very determined."
Chambers and Partners 2019

Leading silk in Crime
"She has a keen eye for the essential details of a case."

Leading silk in Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing
"Her razor-sharp eye can easily detect the key issues in a case."
Legal 500 2019

"She is a very classy, clinical and robust performer."
Chambers and Partners 2018

Leading silk in Crime
"Highly experienced in cases of serious fraud and medical manslaughter."

Leading silk in Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing
"Very experienced in cases of complex work fatalities."
Legal 500 2017

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)

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