- Malicious Falsehood/Trade libel
- Negligent Misstatement
- Reporting Restrictions
- Contempt of Court
- Protection of Sources
- Privacy and Confidence
- Human Rights Law, particularly articles 8 and 10 of the ECHR
- Data Protection
- Freedom of Information
Kate specialises in all aspects of media and information law and acts for both claimants and defendants. She has represented a variety of clients, including national newspapers, broadcasters, website operators, trade unions, public authorities, police forces, as well as companies, in particular a number of financial institutions, and private individuals.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Kate worked in the City for nine years, at UBS Warburg and Morgan Stanley.
Kate is listed as a leading junior in Defamation and Privacy in The Legal 500 2012/13, and Chambers and Partners 2013
Kate Wilson provides clear and client-friendly advice, which sources single out for its positive and practical nature. Clients say that "she never says, 'We can't do that' but always says, 'You might want to consider this course of action'." Richard Rampton QC led her in the Flood v Times Newspapers case. Chambers and Partners 2013
Kate Wilson is “dependable, clear thinking and decisive” The Legal 500 2011/12
Kate Wilson is praised for her good judgement in libel matters and when handing all aspects of media and information law generally; "Committed and able" Chambers and Partners 2011
Kate is recognised as "conscientious", "bright" and "hardworking" The Legal 500 2010/11
Kate Wilson "brings a greater maturity than one would expect for her call." She "impresses due to the level of her skill and her total thoroughness" Chambers and Partners 2010
Kate is highly recommended for “getting stuck in and giving a case her all”, “and up and coming” in The Legal 500 2009/10
The Legal 500 2008/9 said “promising juniors include the ‘clear thinking’ Kate Wilson”
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
BA(Hons) P.P.E, Magdalen College, Oxford
M.Phil, International Relations, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Diploma in Law (C.P.E.), Westminster University (Distinction)
BVC, Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent)
Inner Temple Jardine Scholarship (2004)
Pupillage at One Brick Court (2005 to 2006)
Tenant at One Brick Court since 2006
REPRESENTATIVE CASES OF INTEREST
Flood v Times Newspapers Limited  UKSC 11.
Junior Counsel for the Defendant newspaper in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court on the issue of Reynolds
Crossland v University of Glamorgan  EWHC 2809 (QB). Counsel for the Respondent/Defendant on the Claimant’s unsuccessful attempt to appeal a decision striking out his claim
UK Learning Academy Ltd v Leeds City Council
 EWCA Civ 1513. Counsel for successful Appellant
Re BBC (Care Proceedings: Costs: Identification of Local Authority) (also known as BBC v Coventry City Council)
 1 FLR 977. Counsel for the BBC on a successful application to lift reporting restrictions, in order to name a public authority which had been criticised in care proceedings
Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd
 EWCA Civ 804. Junior Counsel led by Richard Rampton QC in the Court of Appeal
Re. William Ward
(A child)  EWHC 16 (Fam) (also referred to as A v VW)
Flood v Times Newspapers Limited
 EWHC (QB) Junior Counsel for the Defendant newspaper (led by Richard Rampton QC). This case was the first trial of a Reynolds defence since the House of Lords decision in Jameel v Wall Street Journal  1 AC 359. The newspaper’s defence of Reynolds qualified privilege was upheld in respect of the article, which reported on allegations of possible corruption, published in the Times. The defence was also successful in respect of most website publications of the article on timesonline.co.uk.
Carmen Mitchell-Briscoe v Constance Briscoe
(1) and Hodder & Stoughton (2) (2008). Junior Counsel for the Defendants (led by Andrew Caldecott QC) in the jury trial of this libel action. The Defendants successfully advanced a justification defence.
Hussein v Farooq
 EWHC 2487 (QB). Counsel for the successful First Defendant, a businessman, in the trial of a slander action.
Hon & Oths v Lecler
(2007) Junior Counsel to Patrick Moloney QC for the Claimant during the trial of this libel action by a Hong Kong based businessman.
Gregg v O’Gara
 EWHC 658 (QB). Counsel for the Claimant, a senior police officer. The Claimant obtained summary judgment in this libel action and an award of £50,000 in damages.
Camp v Matching Parish Council
(2008) Counsel for a parish council defending a claim under the Human Rights Act and subsequently on its application for an injunction against the Claimant to enforce the terms of the earlier settlement.
Seafresh Limited v Shaw (2008) Counsel for the Claimant in a libel action for the trial of assessment of damages, in which the court ordered damages of £20,000 to the Claimant company.
PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS
Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt (4th ed.), Contributor
Co-author of “The Family Courts: Media Access & Reporting”, a joint publication of The President of the Family Division, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors. The report is available here
Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings (17th ed.), Co-author, with Jane Phillips, of the chapters on defamation and malicious falsehood
“Access to documents in criminal proceedings”, Freedom of Information journal, Vol. 8, Issue 5, May/June 2012
“The New Black” New Law Journal Vol. 157 March 2007 (Article examining recent developments in privacy laws)
Kate has given numerous seminars to solicitors firms and publishing houses on media law.
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