Kate Blackwell QC

Call To The Bar: 1992

“Barrister of the Year” – Manchester Legal Awards, 2019

“At the top of her game. One of the best cross-examiners on the circuit.” “Her trial strategy is second to none.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Her speeches are pure genius.” – Legal 500, 2018

“She is a joy to instruct and is the silk you want in your corner when things get tough. One of the best cross-examiners on circuit and pure class all round.” “She is magnificent in court from start to finish; it is a pleasure to watch such skilled advocacy.”  Chambers & Partners, 2018

“A Master Tactician.”  Legal 500, 2017

“Barrister of the Year”  Manchester Legal Awards, 2017

“Regularly appears in complex white-collar and serious fraud cases, with noted experience in corruption and money laundering. She is also well known for her work on high-profile sexual offences, acting for both the prosecution and defence.
Strengths: “She does high-profile work. She’s very hard-working and committed to her clients.”  Chambers & Partners, 2017

”Possibly the best crime silk on circuit; she has exceptional judgement and is an outstanding trial advocate’‘  Legal 500, 2016

“This criminal law specialist receives high praise from solicitors for her strong practice and advocacy skills. She is instructed by firms in cases of corruption, money laundering and fraud and also handles cases for private clients.”  Chambers & Partners, 2016

“An excellent barrister.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016

“She is an absolutely fantastic advocate.”  Chambers & Partners, 2015

“A robust advocate who has a strong track record in serious crime cases.”  Legal 500, 2015

“An excellent serious and business crime specialist”  Legal 500, 2014

“Has a specialism in serious and white-collar crime. She regularly appears for both the prosecution and the defence in high-profile cases. She is extraordinarily good with her preparation and advocacy”  Chambers & Partners, 2014

“An excellent performer.”  Chambers & Partners, 2013

“Kate Blackwell handles the most serious criminal offences and impresses observers with her very hands-on approach. She is hugely responsive and I can call her any time of the day.”  Chambers & Partners, 2011

Kate Blackwell QC is profiled here: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/adam-johnson-trial-who-silk-10872296


Kate is a criminal law and regulatory specialist who has appeared in some of the most high profile cases on circuit and has also gained extensive large fraud case experience. She is instructed by leading firms of solicitors nationwide in cases of commercial fraud, corruption and money laundering. Her reputation for serious and complex cases includes a respect for her judgement and skill.

Kate has been appointed as Counsel to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel, to address questions relating to police involvement in the murder of Daniel Morgan, the role played by police corruption and the incidence of corrupt connections between private investigators, police officers and journalists at the News of the World. For more information please visit danielmorganpanel.independant.gov.uk

Kate is the expert legal member of the Gosport Independent Panel established to investigate historic concerns about the initial care of older people at Gosport War Memorial Hospital and the subsequent investigations into their deaths.

Kate handles a high proportion of private client work. Following success in a recent case the client said  “Kate was absolutely fantastic. I was extremely impressed by how quickly she grasped the case and focused on the most relevant points to have the case dismissed before trial. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone that required the very best legal advice.”

Kate’s practice includes the following areas with recent examples of cases that have attracted media coverage:

Criminal Law

R v U (17 year old charged with “Gangnam Style” murder), 2015 MEN / Mirror

R v Michael Cope (Murder of Linzi Ashton) 2014  Sky news / The Bolton News

R v Holland (Murder of off duty police officer, Gareth Francis), 2013 The Mirror

R v Percy and Percy (Misconduct in a Public Office by senior prison officers at Preston prison), 2012 BBC
News / ITV news

Business Crime and Financial Regulation

Bribery and Corruption (including international seminars)

NZCCHK Quam Seminar, 2014, visit www.nzcchk.com

South China Morning Post (Government corruption), 2014, visit www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong

R v Aslam (Money Laundering), 2013, Rochdale online

Regulatory Work (including Health and Safety and GMC)

ORR v English, Welsh and Scottish Railways (electrocution of 13 year old boy), 2012, Liverpool Echo


Inquest into the death of Paul McGuigan (on behalf of Greater Manchester Probation Service) – A security guard shot dead by a colleague in Iraq – BBC news / Daily Mail / BBC news

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Kate is an employee of KBQC Law Ltd.

Kate is also a member of Silk Road Chambers Limited in Hong Kong – Kate Blackwell QC – Silk Road Chambers Limited.