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Katy joined Matrix as a trainee in October 2020. She is currently under the supervision of Chris Buttler QC.
Katy undertook her first seat of traineeship with Sarah Hannett QC. She assisted in a wide range of public law matters, including those with education and equality elements. For example:
Advising an NGO on a policy challenge concerning freedom of expression and victimisation.
Advising on an Article 6 issue in relation to an appeal from conviction.
A public law challenge concerning ultra vires contracts made in another jurisdiction, including an issue concerning the protection of property under the ECHR (assisting Helen Mountfield QC).
Advising on numerous education discrimination matters, including a potential race discrimination and breach of contract claim against a school, and a disability discrimination claim in the First Tier Tribunal.
Katy’s second seat was in employment and equality law, under the supervision of Claire Darwin. Katy has assisted in numerous employment matters, both at first instance and on appeal. For example:
Unfair dismissal (including redundancy), discrimination claims (including on grounds of sex, disability, race, religion, and age), equal pay, and whistleblowing cases.
Appellate cases on the correct approach to indirect sex discrimination and hypothetical group disadvantage, worker status after the Supreme Court’s judgment in Uber, and the correct approach to postponements under the new ET Procedure Rules.
Various matters involving TUPE.
Commercial and competition law
Katy’s third seat was in competition and commercial law. She assisted with various competition and commercial matters, including:
Freezing and proprietary injunctions.
Breach of contract and restitution claims.
Abuse of dominance, including related market abuses.
Katy’s experience prior to joining Matrix includes:
Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Simon in the Court of Appeal, where she worked on a variety of public, commercial, immigration, and criminal appeals.
Legal Advisor at Ofsted, where she assisted with preparation for several investigations in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and judicial review work.
Research Fellow at the Public Law Project, where Katy’s work focused on the relationship between judicial review, evidence, and technology.
Paralegal at Simpson Millar LLP in the education, community care, and public law team. Katy assisted with judicial reviews (including community care matters, human trafficking claims, and age disputes) as well as tribunal education work.
BA (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford (2016) – First Class
Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford (2018) – Distinction
BPTC, BPP University (2020) – Outstanding
Scholarships and prizes include:
Bedingfield Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
Hebe Plunkett Award (Gray’s Inn)
Residential Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
Advocacy Scholarship (BPP University)
Academic Excellence Scholarship (BPP University)
Peter Duffy Scholar (Bar European Group)
Law Faculty Prize for BCL Private Law and Fundamental Rights (University of Oxford)
Academic scholar (New College, University of Oxford)
‘Judicial review evidence in the era of the digital state’ Public Law (2020), Oct, 740-760