Kate Temple-Mabe is a mixed criminal and civil practitioner. Her client-focussed and attentive approach to case preparation is complemented by a persuasive and compelling style of advocacy. Her practice is informed by experience across all of chambers’ areas of expertise, meaning she is well-placed to advise and act in matters which sit at the intersection of different practice areas.
Kate holds degrees in English Literature from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, summa cum laude) and King’s College London (MA). She completed her LLB at Queen Mary University of London, where she achieved the top result in her year in both years of study. She completed the BPTC (Outstanding) at BPP Law School.
Kate’s defence work includes matters in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts, where she has particular experience acting on behalf of vulnerable defendants. She is also a Level 2 Prosecutor, and has prosecuted a range of Crown Court matters including POCA confiscation proceedings following complex conspiracy prosecutions.
She is well-placed to advise on legal professional privilege as it pertains to criminal investigations, and has acted as independent counsel advising on LPP issues in the context of material recovered pursuant to disclosure orders.
Kate also acts in civil proceedings involving the freezing and forfeiture of suspected criminal assets.
Currently instructed as junior prosecutor in relation to a sophisticated conspiracy to possess firearms by converting blank firing weapons.
Prosecution of a multi-day trial of several firearms record-keeping offences, following a sophisticated police and MOD operation at a large private weapons storage facility.
Prosecution of an allegation of arson in respect of a defendant who had been found unfit to plead.
Prosecution of POCA Confiscation proceedings involving 10 defendants convicted of a Class A drugs conspiracy, involving the complex tracing of hidden assets.
Defence - assault occasioning ABH in the context of a landlord/tenant dispute.
Defence - being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
Defence - acted for a highly vulnerable defendant charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Acted for the respondent in civil proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court for forfeiture of a bank account balance.
Kate is regularly instructed in a range of fast-track and multi-track matters. During her pupillage she obtained particular experience in claims for historical child sex abuse (under the supervision of Susannah Johnson) and claims in personal injury against the Ministry of Defence (under the supervision of Adam Walker). She regularly acts both for and against local authorities in public liability claims. Her clinical negligence practice includes acting and advising in multi-track claims involving expert evidence in multiple disciplines. She has been instructed in matters relating to a range of issues including secondary victim psychiatric injury, chronic pain syndrome, and child sexual abuse.
She has an efficient and effective approach to paperwork and is able to produce precise and detailed written pleadings and advices in circumstances where time is of the essence. Her civil trial advocacy and cross-examination abilities are supported by her regular experience in the criminal courts.
Kate maintains a particular interest in torts other than negligence. She has contributed to Lexis PSL segments including the Practice Note ‘Tort—the different types of tort’.
Kate is developing a public law practice which sits at the intersection of her other areas of expertise. She has advised on judicial review and HRA claims against local authorities in respect of the discharge of their child protection functions and their interactions with foster carers. She also acted as secretary / point of contact for the Lambeth Redress Scheme’s Independent Appeals Panel, handling appeals against compensation decisions made through an alternative dispute resolution process in respect of historical abuse at children’s homes. She has also appeared in the First-Tier Tribunal on behalf of victims of human trafficking in appeals against the refusal of compensation by the CICA. Kate is well-placed to advise and act in matters which relate to or combine elements of family law / child protection, mental health and healthcare services, criminal activity and compensation for victims, and local authority liability.
Kate has a particular interest in matters involving data protection, information and disclosure, especially as they pertain to her other areas of practice.
She appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal for the appellant journalist in a widely-publicised case involving an application for disclosure of documents in a set of care proceedings. The application, which was the first of its kind in terms of degree and scope, engaged with issues including public interest journalism, open justice, and privacy in proceedings involving children. She has also acted (both for parties and the police) in care proceedings where disclosure is sought from the police and resisted on grounds of public interest immunity. She has delivered training to police forces on responding to requests for disclosure of police material into family proceedings.
Kate is a contributing editor of a new segment on Data Protection in the forthcoming edition of Harvey on Industrial Law, which touches on the DPA 2018 and UK GDPR in the context of employment law. She has advised and acted in employment law cases where Subject Access Requests are made by claimants.
Kate has also been instructed in relation to stand-alone claims under the UK GDPR / DPA 2018.
Kate’s employment practice is informed by her time spent as a workplace representative for a major public services union prior to joining the Bar. During her law degree, she studied Labour Law and was awarded the top mark in her year. This background means she is able to advise and act in matters involving more technical aspects of employment and labour law, including trade union disputes. She has acted in matters including claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, and whistleblowing. She also has a special interest in non-standard working, including zero-hours contracts, nominal self-employment, forced labour and modern slavery.
Kate also advises and acts in claims under the Equality Act, both in combination with employment proceedings and on their own.
Kate is a contributing editor of the Data Protection chapter and also the Precedents section in the current edition of Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law.
Kate accepts instructions to act for families at inquests, where she is able to draw on her experience in the family courts in order to work empathetically and compassionately with the bereaved. She has a particular interest in Art.2 inquests, and inquests surrounding the delivery of mental health services. Her practice is informed by having previously worked for the British Institute of Human Rights, a charity specialising in human rights in mental health and capacity, and is supported by her clinical negligence and PI practice, in which she has developed experience dealing with a range of medical and clinical expert evidence.
Kate has contributed to 7BR’s practitioner text, Coroner’s Investigations and Inquiries.
Kate is regularly instructed in the Family Court, with a focus on public and private children cases. She acts for parents, local authorities and children’s guardians in all stages of public care proceedings, and has advised and acted in complex private child disputes. She also appears in forced marriage proceedings, and in matters invoking the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court in relation to deprivation of liberty orders for children in care.
She is also building a practice in ancillary relief proceedings and has been instructed in applications covering a wide range of financial remedies.
Kate has a particular interest in the intersection of family law and human rights: she has advised on claims against local authorities under the HRA 1998, and has acted in matters involving publicity and freedom of speech in relation to family proceedings.
Kate acted for a journalist making an unprecedented application to view a range of material in a set of public care proceedings, for the purposes of public interest investigative journalism.View case >
Kate acted for the local authority in this case invoking the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court in respect of a girl under 16 who was considered to be competent to consent to her own deprivation of liberty.
Kate acted for a father in a set of care proceedings during which a deprivation of liberty order was made under the inherent jurisdiction, and which culminated in a 7-day final hearing with cross-examination of psychiatric experts.
Kate represented the mother in care proceedings where a placement order was sought but refused by the court.
Kate represented a family member respondent to FMPO proceedings running alongside a parallel criminal prosecution of her client.
Kate represented the mother in a set of private Children Act proceedings where findings were made including findings of serious sexual assault perpetrated against her client.
Kate acted for the respondent father in private child proceedings where multiple findings were sought against him but not made.
Kate acted for the wife in ancillary relief proceedings involving high-value assets, where the capacity of her client was in issue.
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