Kate Blackmore

Trainee Solicitor

Kate  Blackmore

Kate graduated from the university of Bedforshire with an Honours degree in Law. Kate proceeded to complete the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford. Whilst completing the Legal Practice Course Kate would regularly volunteer at the national centre for domestic violence. Kate has also completed the police station accreditation qualification at Cardiff university and is now a fully accredited police station adviser. 

Kate joined Stuart Miller Solicitors as a Caseworker and worked extremely hard to secure a Training Contract with us. Kate is now a Trainee Solicitor and currently works in the Magistrates' Court department.  She has experience dealing with all kinds of matters heard in the Magistrates' Court and Youth Court including but not limited to Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Sexual Assault and offences against the person. Kate still attends the Police Station in office hours and unsocial hours to represent our clients on matters such as Benefit Fraud, Fraud by False Representation, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and Indecent Exposure.

Kate deals with both publicly funded and privately funded clients. She strives to ensure that she provides the same level of care and attention for all her cases regardless of how the case is being funded. Kate always goes the extra mile for her clients and ensures they are kept up to date on their case.  Kate will soon be joining the Crown Court department to deal with more complex matters after gaining invaluable experience working in the Magistrates Court department.

Notable cases:-

R v B
Kate represented a client for a matter of Sexual Assault which was captured on CCTV. The client proclaimed his innocence from the outset. Kate instructed an expert to examine the CCTV evidence who produced an exhibit which showed that our client had not touched the complainant. Our client was acquitted.

R v G
Kate represented a client on an appeal against conviction at the Crown Court for a matter of Going Equipped. Our client's appeal was allowed.

R v N
Kate represented a client for a matter of Grievous Bodily Harm with intent. Our client was accused of being involved in a gang related stabbing. Kate endeavoured to obtain a Certificate of Counsel on this matter due to the volume of work. Kate worked alongside Counsel during the preparation of the trial. Our client was acquitted. 

R v F
Kate represented a client for a matter of Assaulting a Police Constable. Our client suffered from autism and learning difficulties. Kate ensured that we obtained an intermediary report as it was clear from the outset that our client would not be able to understand the court proceedings without the assistance of an intermediary. Kate also sought a mental health report to consider whether the client actually had the 'intention' at the time of the offence. The report concluded that our client did not have the requisite 'intention' and he was acquitted.