5 Essex Court

Kate Cornell

Call 2003

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Kate has a comprehensive police disciplinary practice and regularly presents cases for the Appropriate Authority, acts for the IOPC and acts as legal adviser to the panel. She handles cases from initial advice and drafting the Regulation 21 notice through to misconduct hearings, the Police Appeals Tribunal and Judicial Review. She regularly handles complex, lengthy and sensitive cases including cases of sexual misconduct, cases arising from deaths in custody, cases relating to undercover policing and those attracting significant media interest.

Kate frequently delivers lectures and training sessions on all aspects of police discipline and unsatisfactory performance to lawyers, investigators and panel members.

Notable cases include:

  • A forthcoming case arising from the activities of an undercover police officer (presenting)
  • A four-week misconduct case against six officers arising from an investigation into the death of young black man following a prolonged police restraint in a mental health hospital ward. (Acted for the IPCC) - The hearing was in private but the case received extensive national media coverage.
  • A special case hearing against an officer accused of having a sexual liaison with a young and vulnerable victim of sexual exploitation whom he had met through work. (Presented).
  • The Head of Finance of Surrey Police found to have concealed a relationship with a colleague and to have passed on confidential information to her. (Legal Advisor to the Chair).
  • A high profile case involving a supervising Sergeant accused of misallocating allegations of rape in order to improve performance targets within his unit. (Presented).
  • An officer sacked after initiating a sexual relationship with a vulnerable woman he met through his policing duties. The case involved extensive legal argument about disclosure; the credibility of the claimant; and allegations of procedural irregularity. The findings and decision to dismiss were upheld by the PAT. (Presented at first instance and on appeal).

In addition to her police disciplinary practice, Kate is an appointed legal assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has been so since 2012. During this period she has been selected for re-appointment twice and has received consistently positive feedback. Kate advises panels at preliminary hearings, substantive hearings and appeals.

Kate was recently asked to assist in conducting interviews for panel members to sit in regulatory hearings for CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). She acted as the ‘legal voice’ on a three-person panel consisting of an HR professional and a CIMA accredited accountant.

Kate also has experience of cases at the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal, and is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.