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Katie Sage

Call 2014

"A rising star who has really strengthened the junior end of her set."
(Legal 500 2021)

Health & Safety

Katie has a growing health & safety, criminal regulatory and environmental law practice. She has represented corporate Defendants in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive as well as the Environment Agency.

She has experience of a wide range of cases both in her own right and as a result of being supervised by Mike Atkins for 6 months of her pupillage. Those cases have covered a range of settings including construction sites, work at height, residential care, waste management, manufacturing, agricultural, supported housing and road traffic accidents.

Katie has a particular interest in fire safety and has represented a corporate Defendant in Magistrates’ proceedings relating to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, as well as being instructed for one of the public authorities in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Katie’s experience includes:

  • She is currently instructed (led by Mark Balysz) in a case involving an injury arising from a manufacturing incident;
  • Representing a large household name in proceedings arising from an Environmental Agency waste management related prosecution;
  • Representing an individual defendant in Magistrates’ proceedings arising out of a prosecution for death by careless driving;
  • Representing a corporate defendant in Magistrates’ proceedings relating to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005;
  • Representing a corporate defendant both in the Magistrates’ court and subsequent Crown Court proceedings arising from an injury sustained at a residential care facility;
  • Assisting Mike Atkins 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 based on the 2016 Sentancing Guidelines;
  • Researching and drafting 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;

During pupillage, she assisted James Ageros QC and Mike Atkins in R v Martinsation, a Corporate Manslaughter prosecution involving falls from height and lifting operations which had resulted in the death of two employees. James and Mike were representing the company director who was charged with breaches of s. 37 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

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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


  • HSLA
  • PNBA
  • PIBA



“A rising star who has really strengthened the junior end of her set.”

Rising Star, Legal 500 2021

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