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Kate Egerton

Associate solicitor

Kate Egerton is an associate solicitor in the human rights department.

Court of Protection

Kate is an 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

Expertise 

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. 

Accreditations

News and blogs

News Article
Cleveland Gervais
human rights inquest

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.

News Article
Rachael Andrews2
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.

News Article
Hampstead Ponds 2
Hampstead Ponds Judicial review

Disabled swimmer wins permission for judicial review of ‘discriminatory’ charges at Hampstead ponds

A disabled swimmer has been granted permission for a judicial review of the new charging regime for Hampstead Ponds which she claims is discriminatory.

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

Legal 500 2018