Kate Dodds


Kate has extensive experience in both Family and Criminal Law which makes her the barrister of choice in care proceedings where children and babies have sustained serious injuries that may result in criminal proceedings.

Her knowledge of both areas of law enables her to provide an excellent service to clients, whether they be individuals against whom allegations have been made or local authorities bringing proceedings. She understands how a fact finding hearing in care proceedings and the cross examination of medical experts may impact on any criminal proceedings in the future. Equally, she can advise clients facing criminal offences how decisions at court may affect current or future care proceedings.  Her experience in family law has also led to a particular interest in Court of Protection cases and dealing with other types of case involving mental health issues.

Kate deals with a wide range of criminal and regulatory offences and is regularly instructed by both prosecution and defence.  Her practice in recent months has included trials of  historical rape and child sexual abuse allegations and she is involved in several ongoing cases where children or babies have suffered serious fractures in the care of their parents.  She regularly acts for local authorities, government departments and defendants in all areas of regulatory work.

With her multi-disciplinary experience and reputation for attention to detail, Kate is a popular choice for local police forces and Children’s Services departments of Local Authorities where she advises in relation to disclosure and Public Interest Immunity, prepares skeleton arguments and attends court hearings on their behalf.  She also accepts instructions from a range of professional bodies and individuals to provide representation at Inquests.

Kate has wide-ranging experience of education appeals and advisory work in relation to all areas of Education Law, including appeals against refusal to provide statements of special educational needs or appropriate services to children who are in receipt of a statement.  She accepts instructions directly from both parents and local authorities.

Recent Cases

Re: R - 2013 Care proceedings involving an allegation of non-accidental head injury to a 6 week old baby, resulting in serious brain injury.  The case involved the analysis and challenge of complex medical evidence from experts in neurology, opthalmology, radiology and genetics.

R - v - ST - A large scale conspiracy to commit high value commercial burglaries.  The investigation was carried out across five separate police force areas and involved the careful analysis of vast amounts of cell-site analysis material.

R - v - Chequered Flag & others - 8 week trial in Leeds Crown Court involving 8 defendants charged with conspiracy to defraud and various regulatory offences.




BA (Hons) Durham University

The College of Law, York

Northumbria University

Practice Areas

Family Law

Regulatory and Criminal Litigation


Education Law

Court of Protection and Mental Health

Qualified to undertake Direct Access work


Print Details


Criminal Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association

North Eastern Circuit