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Katherine Apps

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 5 departments
Ranked in : Administrative & Public Law , Civil Liberties & Human Rights , Employment , Immigration , European Law
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

Katherine Apps
Excels when representing claimants and defendants in complex judicial reviews. She is particularly proficient at public law claims invoking equality and human rights law. She typically acts for central government in challenges to public policy and decisions. She has recently been involved in significant challenges concerning tax, discrimination and pensions.
Strengths: "Phenomenally intelligent and experienced in complex cases." "Excellent judgement."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a challenge to the treatment of a girl with autism and pathological demand avoidance who had been kept in seclusion or segregation for approximately two years in a hospital.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 3

Katherine Apps
She impresses as a standout junior with notable expertise in civil liberties and human rights law. She is particularly well-versed in equality and discrimination matters. She regularly appears before domestic and international courts at all levels.
Strengths: "Incredibly smart and impressive, she's on a good trajectory." "A very bright, up-and-coming human rights and civil liberties lawyer."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Bethany by her litigation friend J) v St Andrews Healthcare and Others, a challenge under the HRA and Equality Act to the treatment of a girl with autism and pathological demand avoidance who had been kept in seclusion and/or segregation for approximately two years in a hospital.
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Employment - London (Bar)

Band 3

Katherine Apps
Maintains a wide-reaching employment practice, supported by her experience in government law. She receives praise for her appearances in the European courts and is adept at handling cases concerning discrimination and immigration.
Strengths: "Her technical ability is quite outstanding and she's very on top of the issues." "She has a phenomenal brain."
Recent work: Acted for Ince & Co in a claim and appeal to the EAT, concerning the effect of an administration order on a discrimination claim brought against multiple parties including a TUPE transferee and individual partners in a law firm.
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Immigration - London (Bar)

Band 3

Katherine Apps
An impressive junior with expertise across immigration, human rights and equality law. She regularly advises vulnerable individuals before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. She is particularly noted for her knowledge on the interpretation of 8 ECHR, and EEA regulations relating to EU national workers.
Strengths: "An excellent barrister for advice on the crossover of employment and immigration law issues." "She is very clever, calm and approachable. She can really move things on and she takes clients' points in the proper way. Really very impressive."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Secretary in the immigration appeal of GM (Sri Lanka), an important Court of Appeal case on the approach to Article 8 ECHR.
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European Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

Katherine Apps  
Maintains a wide-reaching employment practice, supported by her experience in government law. She receives praise for her appearances in the European courts and is adept at handling cases concerning diversity, discrimination and immigration.
Strengths: "Has done an excellent job in a very difficult case."
Recent work: Acted for the European Federation of Public Service Unions in a challenge against the European Commission, concerning the implementation of the 'social chapter' of the TFEU.
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Practice Areas

Katherine’s practice spans public and human rights law, disciplinary/ regulatory, EU, employment, pensions and commercial law and procurement. She has particular expertise in appellate advocacy and in domestic and international equality law and where public law and private law meet.

Previously described as “incredibly bright,” “very good with clients” and a “pleasure to deal with” who “gives solid advice,” Katherine has been appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel and the EHRC B Panel of Counsel. She is an arbitrator for Sports Resolutions panels on Commercial Disputes, Integrity and Discipline, Discrimination and the National Safeguarding Panel.

Katherine works for a wide range of clients: from Government Departments, HMRC and local authorities to Trade Unions; individuals to multinational companies and Receivers. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School’s LL.M programme and former stagiere at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Her key cases include the McCloud pensions litigation, R(Coll) v Ministry of Justice on single sex provision of services, GdC v DWP on universal credit, Govia Thameslink Railway and ASLEF, on EU law and strike action (the Southern Trains Dispute) and W v M, withholding and withdrawing treatment from a person in the minimally conscious state.

Career

2007-2018: Littleton Chambers

2018-present: 39 Essex Chambers

Professional Memberships

ALBA, ARDL, ELBA, ELA

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