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Katya Novakovic

Assistant Solicitor

020 8299 6000

Katya is a solicitor specialising in actions against the police and other state authorities, public law challenges and inquests arising from deaths in state custody or following contact with the state. She acts for clients in complaints and claims for assault, unlawful arrest and false imprisonment, negligence, malicious prosecution, discrimination and breaches of the Human Rights Act.

Prior to joining GT Stewart Katya worked for a year at the London headquarters of human rights charity Amnesty International. She also undertook an internship in the United States in a Federal Defender Office, where she worked on habeas appeals for death-sentenced prisoners. Katya is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, the Police Action Lawyers Group and the Inquest Lawyers Group.

Education and Qualifications

2018-2020 – Legal Practice Course, BPP University – Distinction

2016-2017 – Graduate Diploma in Law, Oxford Brookes University – Distinction

2011-2015 – BA (Hons) English Literature and French, University of Warwick

Other interests

Katya enjoys kickboxing and travelling. She joined the GT Stewart civil liberties team as a Paralegal in April 2018.

Notable Cases

Inquest touching the death of TT (2020) – GT Stewart’s inquest team acted for the family of Ms Teyneen Taylor, who died in October 2018 at a psychiatric hospital following a second incident of self-harm in the course of one night.  Ms Taylor was a mental health campaigner who had raised awareness by blogging about her own experience with borderline personality disorder. The jury at the inquest concluded that her death was accidental and that there were failings in the care provided by the hospital. The jury found that, in light of the high risk of self-harm, the level of monitoring and removal of items from Ms Taylor’s room were insufficient. The outcome of the inquest was reported on the BBC here

 MH v Ministry of Justice – GT Stewart were instructed to bring a claim on behalf of a vulnerable client who was unlawfully detained in HMP High Down despite receiving a community order rather than a custodial one. He had very limited experience of custody and was shocked and distressed by the experience. The team successfully argued that the case related to fundamental civil liberties and obtained £1,000 in compensation for our client.

Civil Liberties, Action against the Police

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