Kathryn Johnson

Call To The Bar: 1989


Kathryn was called to the bar in 1989, joining Lincoln House as a tenant in 2007. Prior to joining Lincoln House she had practised from Winckley Square Chambers in Preston. Kathryn has retained her Lancashire connections appearing regularly in the Crown Courts at Preston and Burnley.

Kathryn’s practice encompasses all areas of criminal law and is divided equally between Prosecution and Defence work. She is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, rape and sexual assault, child cruelty, serious violence, arson, fraud and dishonesty (robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary and theft), possession of firearms and other offensive weapons and drugs offences including confiscation proceedings.

She has been instructed by the Prosecution to prosecute multi handed public disorder cases and cases involving conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. In 2004 she was part of the Prosecution team in R v Shacklady. This was a case involving gang related murder and the supply of drugs. The Defendant at the time was considered the “number one target” of the Lancashire Police.

Kathryn has developed a specialism for cases involving sexual allegations. She has prosecuted and defended in many cases of rape including allegations of a historical nature and those involving stranger attacks. She has been involved in cases involving young defendants charged with these sorts of offences and is sensitive to their needs.

She has demonstrated her knowledge and expertise by delivering lectures on developments in this area and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders.

Kathryn has experience as junior counsel having being led by silks in chambers and others on circuit. She has also appeared herself as a leading junior.

Kathryn has been graded as a category 4 advocate by the Crown Prosecution Service.