Katherine Buckle


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QEB News: Judgement handed down in Privy Council hearing regarding the death sentence for "intellectually disabled" defendants.
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QEB News: Katherine Buckle is part of the legal team appearing in the two day Privy Council hearing of Hernandez and Pitman v State of Trinidad and Tobago.
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QEB News: QEB members win Trading Standards award
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QEB News: Katherine Buckle warns that the ECJ decision in Anbouba raises significant concerns for those doing business in countries subject to sanctions
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Katherine Buckle

Call 2009

Areas of specialization

Human Rights, Extradition, International Crime, Business Crime.

To complement her work in these areas, Katherine is undertaking a part-time LLM at the London School of Economics specializing in constitutional and public international law.

Human Rights

As part-time in-house counsel at the Death Penalty Project, Katherine has been involved in numerous death penalty cases before the Privy Council, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and appellate courts in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.  These cases often involve complex constitutional and criminal points of law, such as mandatory sentencing and diminished responsibility.


Katherine acts for requesting authorities, defendants, interested parties and interveners in complicated extradition proceedings brought under both Part 1 (European arrest warrant) and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003.  She has advised on the full spectrum of extradition issues including dual criminality, double jeopardy, forum and passage of time.  She was part of the legal team representing an Italian businessman in a high profile, contested extradition.

International Crime

Katherine has significant experience in international crime and human rights law.  Having worked on the prosecution of Popović et al at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Katherine was part of the legal team instructed to investigate, and prepare of a report detailing, human rights abuses in a Middle Eastern country.

Business Crime

Katherine was part of the team representing British-Canadian businessman Victor Dahdaleh, who was acquitted in December 2013 at Southwark Crown Court of all eight counts relating to allegations of multi-million dollar corruption in Bahrain after the Crown offered no evidence.

Katherine was instructed as disclosure reviewing counsel by the Competition and Markets Authority in relation to a criminal cartel investigation.

Katherine has completed two secondments in white-collar crime departments at Norton Rose Fulbright and BCL Burton Copeland.

She has a strong understanding of foreign jurisdictions (such as the US, Switzerland, and certain Middle Eastern countries) relating to bribery and corruption, as well as restraint and confiscation proceedings.


Katherine has worked on complex and serious cases, including appeals against sentence and conviction in the Court of Appeal, Attorney General's References, and high profile murder trials such as the Victoria Station murder and the gangland shooting of a five-year-old girl, R v Kolanole, McCalla, Grant.  She is proficient at representing young clients (from 12 years old) and those with mental health issues.

Katherine has assisted in prosecuting immigration fraud, violent disorder, murder under provisions of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 concerning loss of control and diminished responsibility, and RTA offences.  She also conducts confiscation proceedings.


Katherine receives instructions both on behalf of the regulatory body and the individual.  She acted as a junior member of the Counsel to the Inquiry team of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, assisting with the preparation of the report.

With regard to licensing, she advises and acts for local authority and private clients in court and before licensing sub-committees.


  • “Sanctions listing to lifting”, Money Laundering Bulletin, June 2015
  • “A buyers’ market? What is the likely impact of the Consumer Rights Bill?”, TS Today, December 2014

Previous Career

Katherine worked at law firms in France and Spain, specializing in international arbitration and criminal law.

Katherine was a Legal Adviser in Texas, assisting in the defence of capital murder cases at trial and appellate stages. She worked on cases involving violent offences and complex mental health issues.

While at Kingsley Napley Solicitors LLP, Katherine was involved in a variety of criminal work, including a complex multi-handed conspiracy to steal and an ‘oil for food’ case. She was also involved in regulatory work, including the preparation of Security Industry Authority licensing appeals in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

Professional Memberships

Chatham House
Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
International Bar Association
Extradition Lawyers Association
AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers
Bar Human Rights Committee
British Institute of International and Comparative Law


Fluent Spanish and French, conversational Italian


BA Hons, French and Spanish (University College London)
Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Vocational Course (BPP Law School)

Notable cases:

Pitman and Hernandez v State of Trinidad and Tobago (Privy Council)
Appeals against sentence of death

R v Swash (2015)
Successful abuse of process relating to misconduct in public office

Italy v Riva (2015)

SFO -v- Dahdaleh (2013)
Corruption allegations (acquittal)

Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry (2013)
Public Inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

R v Kolanole, McCalla, Grant (2012) (2012)
Gangland shooting of five-year-old

Popovic et al (2009)
War crimes relating to massacre in Srebrenica, former Yugoslavia


Katherine Buckle warns that the ECJ decision in Anbouba raises significant concerns for those doing business in countries subject to sanctions
Risks of doing business in sanctioned countries. This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Public Law. 28.4.2015

Katherine Buckle co-authors article on the Consumer Rights Bill, 'A Buyer's Market?, published in Trading Standards Today

Consent of the principal: effect under the Bribery Act 2010
Katherine Buckle studies the decision ruled by the Court of Appeal on whether the prosecution, in bringing a case under secti 27.3.2014