Kate McKinlay

Year of call 2001

Personal Injury

Kate has practiced personal injury for in excess of fifteen years.  She has a particular expertise and interest in occupational stress claims and psychiatric injury generally.  Acting on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, she has significant experience of all aspects of the litigation process and is happy to assist with whatever those instructing find helpful. This includes for example active involvement in the case from as early as drafting the letter of claim to being instructed specifically for a joint settlement meeting and in the absence of a settlement, presenting the case at trial.

Kate ‘s strong belief in good customer service means that she is happy to conduct conferences at her clients’ convenience wherever possible and to be available by email, telephone etc whenever she is not in court.

For the avoidance of doubt, Kate accepts instructions in the following areas:

  • Occupational Stress;
  • RTAs (excluding credit hire);
  • Occupiers’ Liability;
  • Highways cases;
  • Inquests;
  • Limitation;
  • Sanctions.

Notable Cases 

F v U (2016):  Currently acting on behalf of a very high level executive in high value multi-track claim for psychiatric damage against her employer;  a £50 billion global household name, and arising out of occupational stress.

Thwaite v Corrigan (2015) : significant psychiatric injury and damage to hips arising out of RTA.   Acted on behalf of the Claimant and successfully negotiated a settlement which was approximately £25,000 in excess of likely award at trial.

The ‘Harbour Reach’ Litigation (2014) :  Achieved settlements for eleven claimants against five defendants in complex multi-track claim for damages arising out of mass carbon monoxide poisoning in newly constructed quality housing estate in circumstances where prospects of success at trial were finely balanced. 

Roche v Manchester City College (2014):  Occupational stress claim where acted on behalf on teacher at a Young Offenders Institution who suffered a serious psychiatric breakdown.  Again successfully negotiated a settlement for the Claimant in circumstances where at trial his prospects of winning on liability were poor.  The Claimant received a settlement of in excess of £15,000 more than he would have done at tria

A v R, M & others:  representing Defendants in multi-party multi-track road traffic accident with alleged significant loss of earnings and pension claim. Claimed pleaded at £200,000+ (ongoing)

K v A:  Acted for 55 year old Claimant suffering from complex shoulder injury where significant permanent symptoms and restriction of movement. High value multi-track claim in which I successfully negotiated a high award for the Claimant and avoided the very real liability risks at a trial.   


PI Elderly Law Conference  – Speaker: Capacity and the Court of Protection 2015

BPP Law School internal training – Speaker : CPR Part 36 – 2016

Michael Lewin – Speaker: bespoke in-house training on RTA liability  - 2014