Kathleen Hallisey

Originally from the US, Kathleen began her career as a trial lawyer in New York, successfully trying several cases on behalf of claimants, including an unlawful eviction claim for an American veteran.  The case led to an expansion of New York landlord/tenant law and was reported in the New York Law Journal. Regensburg v Rzonca, NY Slip Op 50109(U) [14 Misc 3d 1221(A)].

Upon qualification as a solicitor in the UK, Kathleen worked at a large national firm, where she acted on behalf of claimants injured in catastrophic accidents. She later began working on behalf of trade union members, representing them in claims against employers, and regularly providing training on Health and Safety Law.

For the past few years, Kathleen has continued her zealous representation of claimants, specialising in representing survivors of abuse.  She has successfully litigated claims against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Catholic Church, the Church of Wales and various private institutions.

Most notably, Kathleen acted on behalf of the claimant in the landmark case of A v Watchtower [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB), the first judgment against the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the UK for historic sexual abuse.  Kathleen is passionate about securing more robust child safeguarding policies and is heavily involved in campaigning to raise awareness about child abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. She has demonstrated at Parliament Square and had an audience at Downing Street to push for mandatory reporting of child abuse.

She has made numerous media appearances including the BBC, Radio 4, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, ITV Wales, and various regional news outlets.

Kathleen is a solicitor of England and Wales and a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts.

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