Biography

Professional Biography

Kim joined Essex County Council in May 2002 as a member of the Advocacy Team, and was appointed as the Paralegal Team Supervisor in May 2007, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2010.

During her time at Essex County Council Kim has undertaken a range of criminal and civil litigation work, as well as dealing with a variety of other areas, undertaking a range of advocacy before the Magistrates and County Court and Employment Tribunal.

Relevant Work Experience

Criminal Litigation

All District Council prosecutions including benefit fraud, fly tipping, food hygiene, and noise abatement as well as Trading Standards prosecutions including underage sales, infringements under trade mark legislation and applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Prosecutions on behalf of the education department for failing to ensure regular school attendance and other Local Authority prosecutions.

Civil Litigation

Kim has been involved in a variety of civil litigation including:

  • Judicial Reviews: including a challenge to the Council’s decision to close all its residential children’s homes in Essex, brought on behalf of the children residing at a number of the homes and a challenge to the Council’s decision to instigate possession proceedings to remove Gypsy/Travellers from unauthorised encampments within Essex.
  • Possession Hearings
  • Procurement Challenges
  • Commercial litigation
  • Bankruptcy hearings
  • Licensing applications and reviews
  • Debt recovery and s.222 injunctions

Commercial

Kim has been involved in a number of high level projects including:

  • the Government led initiative ‘Building Schools for the Future’; the largest single capital investment programme in 50 years.
  • Transformation of Schools within Essex to Academies.
  • Provision of IT to the County Council in partnership arrangements.

Governance

In April 2010 Kim was assigned to the County Solicitor and Monitoring Officer dealing with a range of projects including:

  • A substantial review of the Council’s Constitution, policies and delegations and development of a Code of Corporate Governance;
  • Establishing joint committees with districts and boroughs within Essex for the provision of on street parking and unauthorised encampments, and working with Essex Fire & Rescue Service to establish a Joint Committee for the provision of emergency planning.

Since August 2014 Kim has been working with the Councils Monitoring Officer within the Corporate Law & Assurance Team ensuring that decision making is undertaken in accordance with the appropriate governance procedures.

Education

Kim qualified as a solicitor in April 2010, having completed the LLB (Hons) degree and the Legal Practice Course at Anglian Ruskin University.

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Areas of Practice

Local Government