Primary Areas of Practice
Human Rights Public Inquiries
Inquests & Coroners Employment & Equality
Professional Discipline Environment Law
Professional Negligence Local Government &
Clinical Negligence Police Law
Personal Injury Contract Law
Health Law Tax
Kate Beattie has a broad civil and public law practice. Her practice encompasses
public law and human rights, professional negligence, professional disciplinary and
regulatory law, equality and discrimination law, inquests and personal injury. She is
also interested in environmental law.
Kate appears regularly before a range of courts and tribunals including the High
Court, County Courts, Coroners’ Courts and a wide range of professional
Public law and human rights
Kate has considerable experience in the field of public law and human rights,
including judicial review, public inquiries, Human Rights Act claims and cases before
the European Court of Human Rights. Kate acted for a key Core Participant at the
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and was instructed by the
Treasury Solicitor before the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry. Kate acted for the
intervener Mencap (led by Philip Havers QC) in X, Y and Z v UK and is currently
instructed in other proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights.
Kate is the co-author of several chapters in Lester & Pannick, Human Rights Law
and Practice, and is contributing to the new edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England
on human rights.
Kate sits on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association.
Kate is regularly instructed in professional negligence cases, in particular clinical
negligence. She has experience of claims relating to neonatal deaths, fertility
treatment and missed cancer diagnosis, as well as cost of upbringing claims, among
others. She also has experience of solicitors’ negligence cases. She acts for both
claimants and defendants.
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Kate has appeared before the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery
Council, the General Chiropractic Council and the General Social Care Council.
She recently acted pro bono before the Nursing and Midwifery Council for a full
fitness to practise hearing over five days.
Kate appears for a wide range of parties at inquests including families, doctors, NHS
Trusts and care homes.
Kate regularly advises on liability and quantum in personal injury cases. She
appears in trials and interim hearings in fast track and multi-track claims.
Kate acted for a key Core Participant at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
Public Inquiry and was instructed by the Treasury Solicitor before the Baha Mousa
General civil litigation
Kate regularly appears in hearings ranging from summary judgment and strike out
applications to enforcement proceedings. She has experience of credit hire
Pro bono work
Kate undertakes regular pro bono work. This includes representation at inquests,
disciplinary hearings and cases at the European Court of Human Rights in
Kate gained substantial legal experience prior to coming to the Bar, including
Parliamentary drafting experience, human rights research and work for a major
commercial law firm in both London and Sydney. Kate worked closely on drafting
the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill, which went on to become Part 4A of the
Family Law Act 1996.
Bachelor of Arts (First Class and University Medal), University of Sydney
Bachelor of Laws (First Class), University of Sydney
Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, Sydney
Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test, College of Law, London
Bar Aptitude Test, BPP Law School, London
Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW
Kate has published widely on public law and human rights and her work has been
cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. Her published work includes:
Co-author of chapters in Lester & Pannick, Human Rights Law and Practice
(3rd ed., 2009) – chapters on freedom from retroactive punishment (Article
7), freedom of assembly (Article 11), right to education (Article 2, Protocol 1)
and right to free elections (Article 3, Protocol 1)
“New Life for the Reynolds ‘Public Interest Defence’? Jameel v Wall Street
Journal Europe”  1 E.H.R.L.R. 81 (cited by the Supreme Court of
Canada in Grant v Torstar Corp 2009 SCC 61)
“Human Rights and the British Constitution” in Jowell and Oliver (eds), The
Changing Constitution (6th ed., 2007) (with Anthony Lester QC)
Lectures and training
Kate regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and delivers training for
solicitors and clients, including taking part in mock hearings. Recent talks have
covered the interaction between clinical negligence and human rights claims in light
of the Rabone judgment, and the public sector equality duty under the Equality Act
2010. She has previously conducted human rights training in Sierra Leone as part
of a joint project with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Bar Human
Member of the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers' Association
Constitutional and Administrative Bar Association (ALBA)
Human Rights Lawyers’ Association (HRLA)
Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
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