Kath Jatter is a Senior solicitor, Duty solicitor and qualified HCA in the Criminal Defence Team.
Before embarking on a career in law, Kath was a social worker for 15 years. Qualifying as a solicitor in 2003 and joining GT Stewart Solicitors in 2011, Kath specialises in Criminal Defence with a particular focus on representing youths and vulnerable adults in a criminal Court and Police Station setting. With a wealth of experience in Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Court cases, Kath has built a solid reputation as a keen and competent litigator and advocate who fearlessly defends her clients.
Recent notable cases
R v ML – Serious GBH allegation involving a police officer and a vulnerable Defendant. A successful application of no case to answer was made. This decision was appealed to the Full Court who upheld the decision that the Defendant had no case to answer.
R v AK – Historic sexual offences with the Defendant himself a victim of sexual abuse and human trafficking. The Defendant was acquitted of all four counts on the indictment.
R v MG – Multiple allegations of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Kath is the lead litigator in this ongoing case.
R v TL – Attempted Murder case with a vulnerable youth Defendant at its heart.
R v VO – The Crown offered no evidence in a Drink Driving case when the Defendant was four times over the drink driving limit.
R v JB – High profile murder case at the Central Criminal Court. The case turned on identification and reliability of CCTV and eye witness evidence.
R v LN – One of the handful of Prison Mutiny criminal cases heard in the UK, Kath was the lead litigator and driving force behind the case. After full trial, the Defendant secured a sentence ¼ of what ordinarily would have been passed.
In addition to a strong practice in serious and complex criminal cases, Kath has maintained a practice in the Magistrates’ Court appearing on a weekly basis and achieving very creditable results.
R v CE – A Bladed Article matter where the Crown ultimately offered no evidence due to Kath’s persistence and commitment in requiring the Crown to prove their case.
R v AMG – Despite what seemed an initially strong case, the prosecution were obliged to offer no evidence against the defendant following tenacious litigation on Kath’s behalf.
R v AL – The Crown offered no evidence in an Assault PC case involving a Youth Defendant after a review of the Body-Worn Footage revealed that the Police, and not Defendant, were the aggressors.