Barrister Kirsty Lea

Kirsty Lea

Year of call: 2014  


Kirsty Lea’s practice encompasses a wide range of Chambers’ specialities.

Kirsty joined 7BR after successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Richard Baker (Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests), Gareth Weetman (Crime and Personal Injury) and Brendan Roche (Child and Family).

Prior to commencing pupillage, Kirsty completed the Bar Professional Training Course at Kaplan Law School, having graduated from Oxford University with a first class law degree.

Kirsty has received numerous awards for academic and legal excellence, including top scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn and prizes for ranking highest at Oxford University and best in the country.

Scholarships & Prizes

  • Sunley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, Pupillage Award)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, BPTC Award)
  • Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Gluckstein Scholarship (Lincoln College, Oxford University)
  • Oldfield Exhibitioner (Lincoln College, Oxford University)
  • Sweet & Maxwell Prize (Best in Year, Oxford University: Law Moderations)
  • AQA English Language Award (Best in Country: A’ Levels)
Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence

Kirsty has a particular interest in clinical negligence: she specialised in Medical Law at Oxford University (obtaining a first in this subject). Kirsty advises on all aspects of clinical negligence claims, including: liability, merits, causation, quantum and evidence. Kirsty drafts pleadings and has particular experience in drafting complicated Particulars of Claim and Schedules of Loss.

During pupillage, Kirsty spent four months undertaking clinical negligence work, supervised by Richard Baker. She was extensively involved in the drafting of advices and pleadings ranging from approval advices to multi-million pound Schedules of Loss in negligence at birth cases. She attended several County Court trials, High Court trials and Joint Settlement Meetings. Kirsty has been involved in numerous conferences with leading counsel, experts, solicitors and lay clients.

In addition, Kirsty has inquest experience. Most recently she was instructed to represent the family of a young woman who took her own life whilst a voluntary psychiatric inpatient. Having represented bereaved families in complex inquests and subsequent claims pursuant to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, she is acutely aware of the particular challenges and sensitivities of such tribunals.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Kirsty is developing a broad personal injury practice. She accepts instructions to represent both Claimants and Defendants at all levels of proceedings, utilising her hands on experience of all aspects of a claim, including: liability, causation, quantum and drafting pleadings.

During pupillage, Kirsty spent eight months undertaking personal injury work supervised by Richard Baker and Gareth Weetman. She attended numerous conferences with experts, solicitors and lay clients discussing a full range of personal injury trial issues. Kirsty spent a lot of her time drafting advices and pleadings. Her work has included occupier’s liability claims, employer’s liability claims, road traffic collision claims, Highways Act claims, and claims arising from fatal accidents.

Kirsty regularly appears in trials and interim hearings in County Courts, both for Claimants and Defendants.


Child & Family

Child & Family

Kirsty spent the final part of her pupillage seeing all aspects of private and public family law under the supervision of Brendan Roche and accepting instructions directly in several cases including final hearings in care proceedings.

Family Law was one of Kirsty’s specialist subjects at Oxford University (obtaining a first in this subject) as well as during her Bar Professional Training Course, and she is keen to develop this area of her practice.

Kirsty has a particular interest in complicated cases involving vulnerable children and complex medical issues. She has observed and researched public and private law proceedings, including those with an international element. She gained significant experience attending lengthy care proceedings with Brendan Roche in matters involving allegations of physical and emotional abuse.

Kirsty continues to develop her family practice and accepts instructions in all private and public law family proceedings.



Kirsty regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, both prosecuting and defending matters.

Kirsty spent four months of her pupillage focussing on crime supervised by Gareth Weetman. She has gained experience in a range of criminal matters including historic sexual abuse, driving offences, violent offences, drugs offences, fraud and confiscation.

How to get in touch

For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email.

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