Katherine Goddard QC

Joint Head of Chambers

An outstanding advocate who sensitively handles the most serious criminal cases, often those attracting significant national attention, including child cruelty, sexual offences, drugs and murder.

Katherine Goddard is a CPS Grade 4 and RASSO-approved prosecutor, and has extensive experience in representing vulnerable defendants with or without intermediaries. She connects effectively with judges and juries, bringing an empathy and sensitivity to her work with defendants and witnesses which is underpinned by a keen eye for detail and a tenacity which is most often observed in her thorough cross-examinations. Read the 2019 Yorkshire Post feature article about her.

“One of the finest advocates of her generation.”
– Retired senior circuit judge

Katherine is expert at marshalling high volumes of complex paperwork, and finding the most attractive and efficient way of presenting it to a jury. She is highly regarded for her mastery of detailed medical, forensic and other specialist areas of evidence and for her sensitive, robust and thorough conduct of the most challenging of cases.

“A very solid performer. She’s very good and very thorough.”
– Chambers and Partners 2020

“She is just a brilliant jury advocate and an outstanding lawyer… a very thoughtful and persuasive advocate.”
– Chambers & Partners 2019

Katherine is joint head of chambers and has taken the lead on equality, diversity and wellbeing. She has been appointed by the CBA as one of their circuit liaison officers with particular reference to wellbeing.

Significant Cases

In Silk

R v G (2019) – Cut-throat defence murder with complex issues of admissibility of a purported confession to the offence during a prison conference. Murder weapon found only after the jury was sworn, and the defendant’s DNA then found on the trigger of the weapon.

R v W, Lincoln Crown Court (2019) – Prosecution for murder, in which the defendant claimed to have been the driver of a vehicle used to transport the murderer to the scene of a brutal machete attack but – during cross-examination – confessed to being the person who had carried out the attack, resulting in a quick conviction for murder.

As leading junior counsel

R v T (2016) – A missing-body murder case where the Crown alleged that the deceased had been dismembered and cremated in a particular spot, where the defendant had been seen acting suspiciously. By researching and mastering the expert evidence, forced the Crown expert to agree, on cross-examination, that it would have been impossible for a lay person to dispose of a body so completely, thereby neutralising a key part of the Crown’s case.

R v P (2017) – A case of fatal child cruelty where the cause of death could not be determined but where post-mortem analysis showed substantial amounts of controlled drugs ingested by the deceased child over a period of months prior to their death. The Crown witness was the leading international expert on the contamination of hair. The Crown alleged that the drugs had been deliberately administered to the child but during cross-examination the expert agreed that the findings could be consistent with secondary contamination and may have been distorted by incomplete information about the ethnicity of the deceased. The case received widespread national and international publicity.

R v E (2017) – Lead defence counsel in an 8-handed conspiracy to supply controlled drugs over a lengthy period of time.

R v B (2018) – Prosecuting counsel in a case where an uninsured driver had caused catastrophic life-changing injuries to three cyclists.

R v L (2015) – Defence counsel in a case of historical sexual abuse, allegedly committed when the defendant was only 13 years old. The trial judge was able to be persuaded that the abolished principle of doli incapax applied retrospectively and the indictment was therefore stayed.

The Edlington Case – Defence counsel for a 10-year-old child accused, together with his 11-year-old brother, with the robbery, torture and attempted murder of two boys of a similar age. The case had echoes of the Bulger case. Client was the youngest-ever defendant in England to be convicted of a crime.

R v B & Others – Prosecution counsel in a trial with three defendants accused of persistent, substantial and sustained child cruelty and sexual offences against one victim. There were complicated issues of admissibility and sensitivity issues of disclosure and witness care. The criminal hearing post-dated the hearings in the family courts and social services were uncooperative in the disclosure process. Ultimately, through negotiation, the disclosure issues were resolved and all defendants were convicted of serious offences.

R v Scuka – A foreign national who had a previous conviction for murder, and who was facing allegations of rape and serious sexual offences against multiple victims. The case involved complex issues of admissibility, bad character and hearsay applications with substantial cross-referencing of material from a variety of sources for cross-examination and closing submissions. The whole trial was conducted with the assistance of an interpreter.

“Significant expertise in serious sexual offences, often involving complex medical and forensic evidence. She is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is routinely instructed by the CPS to prosecute in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Top performer Katherine Goddard is extremely personable, hard working, very competent and impressive in court.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

How much will Katherine Goddard QC’s services cost?

Katherine mostly works on a fixed-fee basis for the main hearing, with a daily refresher rate for any subsequent date of hearing, although this depends on the type of work you request. If you’d like a quotation for her legal services in a particular matter, please contact our clerk using the details below and we’ll be very happy to help. Please also refer to Bank House Chambers’ standard terms & conditions.

What might influence the timescales of the services Katherine offers?

Katherine would normally expect to arrange a preliminary conference with your client within 7 days of first contact from you. After that, despite our best intentions, we can’t always control timescales or the amount of time we spend on a case. These can be affected by factors such as urgency; complexity; your own (or your client’s) availability; Katherine’s availability and that of any third parties; the volume of documents she needs to review or must request; and the court’s availability.

Can you have confidence in Katherine’s work?

She is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

How can you contact Katherine Goddard QC?

In the first instance, please contact our senior clerk, Wayne Digby, on 0114 275 1223 or email him at w.digby@bankhousechambers.co.uk.