Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn specialises in white-collar crime cases with a particular focus on financial crime and bribery and corruption. She has experience working as part of the legal team on various high profile SFO investigations, both acting for the SFO and for private companies and individuals in such investigations. Kathryn has also spent a considerable amount of time working with the anti-corruption and anti-money laundering teams at a leading global investment bank and has an acute understanding of the complexities of the law and regulation in this field both in the UK and the US. Kathryn is also experienced in international arbitration. For example, in 2018 she worked with a leading Chinese oil and gas company and its overseas subsidiary as claimants in a multi-billion dollar arbitration administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) related to their investment in a European oil company.
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Case management in the magistrates’ courts
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the case management powers of the magistrates when dealing with summary only cases or cases triable either way which are before the magistrates’ courts. It covers the case management powers under Part 3 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR), before the case comes before the court, the case management steps to expect at the first appearance of the defendant before the court, the completion of the Preparation for Effective Trial form and the use of live links and telephone hearings in case management. It also explains the principles the court will apply in determining applications for adjournments in the magistrates’ court and the consequences of failure to comply with case management directions.

Other work

Case management in the magistrates’ court—checklist

This Checklist summarises the case management steps which lawyers can expect to take in the magistrates’ courts. It covers requesting the Initial Details of the Prosecution Case; issues to be addressed at the first appearance of the accused in court; additional case management hearings; how to address non-compliance with case management directions in the magistrates’ court as well as the factors which will be considered by the magistrates’ when determining applications to adjourn.

Practice areas


  • Young Fraud Lawyers' Association
  • Association of London Welsh Lawyers
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Private Prosecutors Association


  • Contributing Author


  • BPTC, Cardiff University (2013)
  • LLM in European Law, Utrecht University (2012)
  • LLB (Hons), University of Bristol (2011)

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