Kathryn Gooding

Trainee Solicitor

Email: Kathryngooding@matthewgold.co.uk

Kathryn joined Matthew Gold and Co as a trainee solicitor in August 2020. Her first seat is with the Public Law and Community Care team.

Prior to joining Matthew Gold and Co, Kathryn worked as a paralegal for Irwin Mitchell LLP in the Public Law and Human Rights department, where she specialised in Court of Protection and Judicial Review matters.

She graduated with a 2:1 in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2018. She also holds an LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She graduated cum laude in 2019. Kathryn is currently studying the LPC part-time at the University of Law.

During her time in the Netherlands, Kathryn interned for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Kathryn also has a background in human rights research, having worked as a Research Associate for the Public International Law and Police Group, and having published work on international human rights and international criminal law issues.

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Francesca specialises in public law challenges and civil claims against public authorities. She has a particular interest in public law challenges arising in a criminal justice context, data protection issues, community care and migrant support.

Francesca regularly acts challenges concerning access to community care services, NHS charging decisions and student support.

Francesca has a particular interest and expertise in acting for individuals in judicial reviews arising out of criminal justice and policing matters. Francesca has acted for Claimants challenging their arrest and retention of their DNA, finger prints and personal information, DBS disclosure and police cautions.

Francesca is a voluntary adviser on Liberty’s Human Rights advice line and written for Justice Gap on criminal justice public law challenges.  She has undertaken pro bono research for the Centre for Women’s Justice.

She is a member of Haldane Society for Socialist Lawyers, Liberty and International Solicitors Human Rights Group.

Before coming to MG & Co, Francesca worked in the public law and criminal law teams at Bindmans LLP where she completed her training contract. Prior to joining Bindmans, Francesca worked at Hickman and Rose, where she assisted on inquests and civil actions against the police.

Before embarking on a legal career, Francesca was a refugee caseworker at various local and national charities and a policy assistant at the Department for International Development (DFID)

Francesca has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Leeds and an MA in International Law from SOAS, University of London. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2011 and her LPC (part-time) in 2013, graduating with distinction.

Francesca is instructed on range of public law challenge. She has successfully acted for a Claimant in challenging a decision by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to award student support on the grounds of immigration status.

She is also instructed in public law challenges to NHS charges for maternity care. Francesca is also developing a caseload of criminal justice judicial reviews and is currently instructed in a police caution challenge against Sussex Police.