Katie Walden joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2023 following completion of pupillage under the supervision of Simon Blakebrough. She has been recognised for her well-prepared and pragmatic approach to cases and her personable manner with clients.
Katie has a commitment to access to justice and has worked on numerous pro bono projects. She has worked as a Coordinator for the University of Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group, an intern for Advocate, and she researched and assisted in drafting a submission to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which was accepted in its entirety by the Group (opinion 70/2021). Prior to the Bar, Katie worked for the Welsh Government on social welfare policy.
Outside of work she enjoys olympic weightlifting, supporting the Welsh rugby team and reading as many books as possible.
Katie has developed a broad criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending a range of offences including s39 and s47 assaults, controlling and coercive behaviour, possession of weapons, possession of drugs, dishonesty offences and dangerous dogs. She has conducted trials in the Magistrates and Crown Courts.
Katie accepts instructions on driving cases including exceptional hardship, special reasons and trials in the Magistrates.
R v AB : Obtained a jury acquittal on a s47 assault.
R v BW : Negotiated a plea deal, resulting in the prosecution leaving a count of PWITS Class A to lie on file and the imposition of a suspended sentence for PWITS Class B.
R v DB : Secured a suspended sentence for a defendant charged with possession of a knife and affray.
During pupillage, Katie observed and assisted counsel representing a mother and father in a 3 day inquest where a finding of neglect was made against a doctor in the Coroners Court.
Major Scholarship, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2020)
Semi-finalist, UK and Ireland Rounds, Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court (2021)
Criminal Bar Association
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Advocate (Barrister Member)
LLB Law with International Law and Globalisation, University of Birmingham (2020)
Bar Practice Course LLM, University of Law (2022)
Katie Walden is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Katie can be found here.
Katie's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Katie to undertake Court and Tribunal work for either a fixed fee or brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory work, paperwork and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees may be available depending on the circumstances. Katie will typically return paperwork within 10-14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales. Shorter timescales can be accommodated, please notify Katie's clerk at the time of instructing if this is required.
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