Katy is an effective and persuasive advocate, described by those instructing her as highly competent, articulate and “terrifyingly thorough”. She is professional and robust in her approach to all of her cases, with a clear understanding of the law and the ability to quickly assimilate complicated facts. Her skeleton arguments have been praised by members of the judiciary as cogent, well-structured and succinct.
Katy Laverty undertook pupillage at Furnival Chambers in London, under the supervision of Caroline Carberry QC and Richard Hearnden. During pupillage, Katy assisted her supervisors on a number of murder trials, historic sexual offences and people-trafficking cases.
Katy defends and prosecutes in Crown Courts, Magistrates Court and Youth Courts on a daily basis. She has particular expertise in representing vulnerable defendants, understanding the sensitivity required when handling their cases and concerns. Katy has been instructed in a wide range of matters, acting for those who have been charged with sexual offences, offences of violence, drug offences, dishonesty offences and driving offences amongst others.
Having been appointed to the CPS Advocate Panel, Katy also prosecutes.
Katy accepts instructions regarding all aspects of Personal Injury, undertaking work at Small Claims and Fast Track level for both Claimants and Defendants. Katy has experience in a broad range of areas, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupiers’ liability claims and highway tripping claims. She undertakes advocacy at all stages of a claim and can draft advices, pleadings and schedules/counter-schedules.
Katy has appeared in parole board hearings representing vulnerable prisoners with complex mental health issues.
Katy has some experience in representing family members in inquests, having recently represented the mother of the deceased in an inquest at the Coroners’ Court in Heywood. She is keen to expand her practice in this area.
Katy has appeared before the First Tier Tribunal in both asylum and human right appeals. She is keen to expand her practice in this area.
During a sabbatical, Katy provided assistance to attorneys on capital cases in Houston, Texas. She interviewed inmates on Death Row and in county jails, tackling difficult conversations with both professionalism and empathy. Katy also conducted legal research, reviewed evidence and drafted plea-bargains.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Katy assisted a sole practitioner with a multi-track dental, clinical and cosmetic negligence caseload. She frequently negotiated settlements, conducted conferences with experts and advised clients at all stages of the legal process. Having practised as a clinical negligence paralegal for a number of years, Katy accepts instructions in that area. She has particular experience in misdiagnosis, surgical errors, prescribing errors and failures in aftercare.
As a paralegal in the Healthcare Team at Weightmans Solicitors, Katy frequently represented NHS Trusts in applications to set aside judgments and in Costs and Case Management Conferences. In addition to assisting partners on multi-track clinical negligence cases, Katy managed her own caseload of fast track pre-litigation and litigated EL/PL/OL cases. She was also seconded to Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, where she assisted the legal department with inquests, personal injury and clinical negligence claims.
Katy teaches on the additional advocacy practitioner sessions for BPTC students at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has experience in judging mooting competitions and has previously tutored sixth form students for mock trial competitions.
Katy is also involved in Social Mobility Business Partnership. SMBP is a volunteer led charity which brings together professional firms and services to provide internships, work experience and assistance to students from low income backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in law or finance.
To instruct Katy Laverty, please contact her clerks.
R v JD (2018)
R v AK (2017)
R v TM (2017)
R v TD (2017)
R V PS (2017)
R v AI (2017)
R v AI (2017)
R v DN (2017)
R v AF (2017)
R v JWH (2017)
R v GR (2017)
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