Called: 2013

Katy Laverty

Katy is an effective and persuasive advocate, described by those instructing her as highly competent and articulate. She is professional and robust in her approach to all of her cases, with a clear understanding of the law and the ability to quickly assimilate complicated facts. Her skeleton arguments have been praised as being cogent, well structured and succinct. Katy’s ability is reflected in the fact that she is regularly instructed in cases atypical of her year of call.

Criminal Law

Katy primarily practises in criminal law and enjoys a busy crown court practice, both prosecuting and defending. She has been appointed to Level 3 on the CPS Advocate Panel. She has particular expertise in representing vulnerable witnesses and defendants, understanding the sensitivity required when handling their cases and concerns. Katy has been instructed in a wide range of matters, regularly representing those who have been charged with sexual offences, violent offences and drug offences amongst others.


Katy has a keen interest in coronial law and has experience in representing interested persons at inquests.

Excellence Through Continuity of Representation


Katy joined Central Chambers in October 2017 after completing pupillage at Furnival Chambers. During pupillage, Katy assisted her supervisors on murder trials, historic sexual offences and human trafficking cases.

Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Katy worked as a paralegal on clinical negligence cases whilst simultaneously managing a caseload of fast track EL/PL/OL cases. On a secondment to Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Katy assisted the legal department with inquests and clinical negligence claims.

During a sabbatical, Katy also provided assistance to attorneys on capital cases in Houston, Texas.

  • History BA Hons Degree- 2:1
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – Distinction
  • Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent
  • BPTC Rose Scholarship Award – Middle Temple
  • International Internship Award – Middle Temple
  • CPS Advocate Panel – Level Three
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Amicus

To instruct Katy Laverty, please contact her clerks.

Notable Cases

  • R v BW  – s18 wounding with intent
  • R v KD  – arson with intent to endanger life
  • R v BK  – s18 wounding with intent (youth)
  • R v LB  – defended in a case involving multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.
  • R v JR – suspended sentence secured for a s20 offence despite the defendant being in breach of a suspended sentence imposed a month prior for assaulting an emergency worker.
  • R v SA – 4 year sentence imposed for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. The defendant had previous convictions for dealing class A drugs.
  • R v ME  – the defendant received a community order following guilty pleas to distributing indecent images of a child (category A).
  • R v DW  – defended in an aggravated burglary case involving machetes and imitation firearms.
  • R v SH  – prosecuted a case of wounding with intent involving a vulnerable complainant.
  • R v IW  – defended in a case of making indecent images of a child.
  • R v JU  – defended in a multi handed Chilean burglary ring.