Kate Astall, Lecturer

Kate Astall


Kate Astall is a qualified solicitor and lecturer in law at Leeds Law School.

Kate is a graduate of the University having studied Politics as an undergraduate. She went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course before embarking on a successful career in practice where she was involved in a number of high profile criminal cases.

She specialised in complex crime, civil liberties work and serious personal injury (often related to military personnel). She has also prosecuted on behalf of a number of national sports bodies in connection with child protection cases.

After completing her Masters whilst in practice, Kate joined Leeds Law School in 2019 as a full time lecturer. She teaches at both undergraduate and post graduate level.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate teaching:

  • Client Care Skills (Module Leader)
  • Criminal Law
  • English Legal System
  • Introduction to Law & Social Sciences (Module Leader)
  • Public Law
  • Tort Law

On the Legal Practice Course:

  • Criminal Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Research Interests

Kate has a strong interest in miscarriages of justice and much of her research is focused around this issue.

She is currently working on a paper which considers the impact of absolute and conditional discharges in the context of driving offences.

Kate Astall, Lecturer