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Katherine Sage

Call 2014

Health & Safety

Katherine spent the second six months of her pupillage under the supervision of Mike Atkins, which provided her with an excellent insight into Health and Safety law and in particular, the operation of the 2016 Sentencing Guidelines. She has a keen interest in developing this area of her practice.

Katherine recently represented a corporate Defendant in Magistrates’ proceedings relating to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Whilst under Mike’s supervision she:

  • Assisted in a case involving the death of a resident of a care home, including assisting in drafting the basis plea, mitigation note and outline for sentencing hearing;
  • Drafted an advice on the appropriate good character direction to pursue in the light of R v Hunter and Others [2015] EWCA Crim 631 where a company, but not an accused director, has previous convictions;
  • Drafted an advice on the prospects of appeal of conviction and sentence in a case involving arguably inconsistent verdicts on different counts.
  • Researched and drafted an advice on the financial information that ought to be disclosed when a partnership is being prosecuted, including the applicability of s. 162 Criminal Justice Act 2003 to individual partners’ assets;
  • Observed examination-in-chief and cross-examination of an expert witnesses in a case involving falls from height and lifting operations which had resulted in the death of two employees where the company was convicted of Corporate Manslaughter and the Director was convicted of a breach of s. 37 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;
  • Attended a sentencing hearing involving a small farming company who had pleaded guilty to breach of s.3 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, where the harm was agreed to be Level A Harm and the parties strongly disputed likelihood;
  • Attended the trial and sentencing hearing in a multi-defendant case involving a fatal electrocution where the appropriate management of independent contractors and the applicability of the Sentencing Guidelines to Very Large Organisations were central issues.

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  • BPTC, Outstanding
  • BCL
  • BA (Hons) Oxon, First Class
  • Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Sir Roger Bannister Scholarship, Pembroke College
  • Pembroke College Exhibition


  • PNBA
  • PIBA
  • HSLA


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