Kate Chidgey

2006

Kate has accrued experience of the appellate courts well beyond  her year of call and has appeared with success in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Kate has successfully represented clients at all stages of the criminal process from the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court and Crown Court through to the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Kate predominantly appears on behalf of the defence, but also receives instructions to act on behalf of the Crown.

In the Crown Court, Kate enjoys a flourishing practice and has represented clients accused of offences across a wide range of criminal charges  including Arson with Intent, Possession of Firearms with Intent, Robbery, GBH, Dangerous Driving, Possession of Extreme Pornographic Images and Money Laundering.

Kate is acutely aware of how daunting the experience of appearing before a criminal court is for those who are unfamiliar with the process and her reputation for being able to put the uninitiated client at ease is well known. Kate is likewise proud of her standing as a counsel who is able to inspire the confidence of those clients who are more familiar with the criminal justice system.  

Kate has a noteworthy road traffic practice where she regularly receives instructions to represent clients in privately funded Road Traffic Cases.  

Prior to coming to the bar, Kate spent six months in Trinidad and Tobago where she worked on pending Privy Council “death-row” appeals.

Notable Cases:

R. (on the application of Jones) v Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire Magistrates Court[2010] EWHC 523 (Admin); (2010) 174 J.P. 278 Archbold 5-88 and 19-277g Successful appeal by way of case stated overturning a conviction for Harassment in Bedford Magistrates’ Court. The Crown Prosecution Service also appealed against the defendant’s acquittal of a Racially Aggravated s.5 offence and Kate therefore unusually appeared both as appellant and respondent in this case.

Heather Hamed v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court. A difficult case culminating in an oral application in the High Court for Judicial Review of a decision to issue a warrant of commitment following non-payment of a Confiscation Order. Advised applicant on the merits of pursuing an application for bail in the High Court pending the outcome of her Certificate of Inadequacy application.  

R v Baxter [2009] EWCA Crim 2178 Successful appeal against sentence for shop-lifting from four months to one month. Sentence for possession of heroin reduced to “no separate penalty.”

R v Freeman [2009] EWCA Crim 2772 Successful appeal against sentence for an offence of theft. Sentence reduced from 15 months to 9 months imprisonment enabling the defendant’s immediate release.

R v Daly [2009] EWCA Crim 2901 Appeal against sentence for a “one-punch” ABH which involved detailed analysis of all “one-punch,” assault cases.   

Articles:

Course of Conduct C.L. & J. 2010, 174(12), 172-173. [Criminal Law & Justice Weekly]

A detailed discussion of the legal implications of the decision in R. (on the application of Jones) v Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire Magistrates Court above.

Qualifications

Philosophy and Theology MA (Oxon)
CPE
BVC

Memberships & Associations

Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association

Areas of work

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