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Kate Egerton

Senior associate solicitor

Kate Egerton is a senior associate solicitor in the human rights department.

Discrimination Human rights

Kate is a senior associate solicitor specialising in human rights and discrimination law in the human rights department. She works closely with partner Merry Varney.

Kate works on a wide range of public and private law cases on behalf of vulnerable adults and children, and is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor. She has also been instructed to bring strategic litigation on behalf of campaigning groups. Kate represented the successful claimant in R (Andrews) v Cabinet Office, which clarified that people with sight loss should be able to vote without assistance, and is instructed on a number of novel cases regarding the protections for disabled passengers in relation to air travel. 

Kate Egerton is a good solid performer.

Legal 500 2021


Kate’s main area of expertise is discrimination law and acting in the Court of Protection, where she is an Accredited Legal Representative. 

Her discrimination work includes representing claimants in relation to securing equal access to goods and services in both the private and public sector, for example, transport, higher education and social care, including bringing successful compensation claims. 

Examples of cases Kate has been instructed in include a number of disability discrimination claims against public bodies in relation to accessible information and access to voting, a race discrimination claim against an airline, a disability discrimination claim against an airport, a discrimination claim against a University on behalf of a trans gender student, a claim on behalf of a severely sight impaired individual in relation to the lack of tactile paving at train stations, and a failure to make reasonable adjustments claim on behalf of a sight impaired student. Kate is passionate about upholding the right to equal treatment, and securing wider change through litigation.  

Kate also has significant experience representing claimants under the Human Rights Act 1998, particularly in relation to the right to a private and family life, deprivation of liberty and the right to non-discrimination. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent children and adults who lack capacity who have been failed by social care services.  

Finally, Kate regularly acts on behalf of vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection, via their litigation friends, in relation to matters concerning their health and welfare. 

Kate’s clients are often funded by legal aid. She also works under conditional fee agreements and for privately paying individuals. 

Kate is recognised in the Legal 500 and is an Accredited Legal Representative. She joined the firm in 2011 as a trainee, qualifying in 2013. Prior to joining Leigh Day, Kate worked for a number of NGOs, including the Environmental Law Foundation, Refugee and Migrant Justice and the Howard League for Penal Reform. 


News and blogs

News Article
Transgender Pride Flag (1)
Human rights

Trans men “left in limbo” between gender affirming surgeries take legal action

A legal investigation has been launched on behalf of trans men who are facing lengthy delays in receiving gender affirming surgeries after the only NHS service providing surgeries was decommissioned and a new provider wasn’t put in place for around 18 months.

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High Court London
High court Human rights

Nonbinary US citizen granted permission for judicial review of UK legal recognition policy

Nonbinary US citizen Ryan Castellucci has been granted permission to bring a judicial review regarding their entitlement to a gender recognition certificate (GRC) under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA).

News Article
Cleveland Gervais
Human rights Inquests

Inquest jury concludes lack of tactile paving contributed to death of blind man Cleveland Gervais, aged 53

An inquest jury has concluded that a lack of tactile paving caused or contributed to the death of Cleveland Gervais, aged 53, at Eden Park overground station in Croydon and that insufficient steps to confirm the power to the track was off caused an avoidable delay which also caused or contributed to his death.

Kate Egerton ‘takes time to really understand a case and is always on top of the detail’

Legal 500 2018

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Human rights Judicial review Disability Discrimination

Croydon Borough Council ordered to pay blind self-employed Dr Yusuf Ali Osman £500 damages over 2022 Council Tax Reduction scheme

Blind self-employed Dr Yusuf Ali Osman has been awarded £500 damages from Croydon Borough Council over changes to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTR) in 2022.

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Dr Yusuf Osman (1)
Human rights Judicial review

Judicial review hearing of changes to Croydon Borough Council Council Tax Reduction scheme

Blind self-employed Dr Yusuf Ali Osman will have a judicial review hearing on Wednesday 22 March of the changes made by Croydon Borough Council to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTR) in 2022.

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blind voter human rights politics appeal general election

Blind voter will appeal against ruling that 2019 General Election provisions were not unlawful

A visually impaired woman who won a court ruling that there should be better provisions for blind voters at polling stations now plans to fight on with her claim that improvements should have been put in place in time for the 2019 General Election.