5 Essex Court

Kate Cornell

Call 2003

Police Law

Kate has an extensive practice in police work and a broad experience of civil claims including claims for wrongful arrest, assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, discrimination and misfeasance in public office.

With both criminal and civil experience, Kate has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and issues facing police forces today, and she has the benefit of having appeared in jury trials, the Court of Appeal and the High Court in both civil and criminal contexts. As a result of her new role as a Recorder Kate will also be able to bring a judicial perspective to any case.

Kate regularly advises and lectures on police policy, topical policing issues and key areas of new and established law, including police powers relating to protest and trespassory assemblies; disclosure and data protection; and the taking, retention and use of photographs without arrest or charge.

Significant cases include: 

CLG, ALD, JAD v Merseyside Police (2014) - Successful at trial and on appeal defending a claim for wrongful disclosure of witnesses’ identities to criminal defendants in a criminal trial..

A & B v Chief Constable of Hampshire Police [2012] EWHC 1517 - Successful strike out of a claim that the police had caused unauthorized disclosures of an informer’s identity to be made during court hearings where the disclosures were protected by the core immunity applying to court procedures.

Brogan and Baker v South Yorkshire Police - Series of claims concerning execution of a search warrant. Successfully argued that there could be no claim based on an allegedly invalid warrant where parallel powers of entry meant the entry and search were lawful.

See under Regulatory for Kate's extensive police disciplinary practice.