KIM
ELCOATE MAY

Called to the Bar in 2011

Lincoln's Inn

Practice Areas: Crime, Family

Direct Access qualified

Education: 

2010-2011: The College of Law, London – Bar Professional Training Course

2006-2009: Cardiff University – LLB Law and Politics

Awards:

The Wolfson Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn – 2012); Internship grant (Lincoln’s Inn – 2014)

Kim has a busy practice in criminal law. She also accepts instructions in family and immigration law.

Defence work:

Kim represents both privately and publicly funded clients. She conducts trials in the Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts on a regular basis. Kim is familiar in dealing with clients who have mental health difficulties, as well as with young clients and vulnerable witnesses.

Kim has been instructed on matters for trial including: robbery; burglary; grievous bodily harm; assault occasioning actual bodily harm; common assault; affray; bladed articles; sexual assault; witness intimidation; drugs offences (including possession with intent to supply); fraud; theft; handling stolen goods; and various public order matters (including racially aggravated offences).

She also accepts instructions in all types of motoring cases.

Prosecution work:

Kim is qualified as a grade one prosecutor, which involves dealing with CPS lists in the Magistrates’ Court and also Crown Court matters for both the CPS and the DWP. She has also prosecuted on behalf of the Royal Mail; Electronic Monitoring Services; and the National Probation Service.

Family Law: 

Kim accepts instructions in all areas of family law, including public law, private law and applications for injunctive relief.

 

International work:

Kim undertook a three month secondment with the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the summer of 2014. She worked in Trial Chambers II assisting three judges on the trial of The Prosecutor v. Goran Hadzic during the defence case. This improved her understanding of and experience in international criminal and humanitarian law.

Recent notable cases:

  • R v. JB & PA (Central Criminal Court) – Represented the second defendant, acquitted of affray and assault by beating, following a 3 day trial.

  • R v. JM & FM (Wood Green Crown Court) – Represented one of two defendants acquitted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, following a 6 day trial.

  • R v. DC (Medway Magistrates’ Court) – Client acquitted in a sexual assault trial.

  • R v. DD (Stratford Youth Court) – Client was the only one of three defendants to be acquitted after a trial on a charge of affray.

  • R v. LT (St Albans Crown Court) – Successful prosecution on charges of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, where the defendant was sentenced to 8.5 years’ imprisonment, following a 4 day trial.

  • R v. ST (Croydon Crown Court) – Successful submission of no case to answer on quantity in a possession of a controlled drug (class A) trial.

  • R v. LBK (St Albans Youth Court) – Client acquitted on charges of burglary with intent to steal and criminal damage (£5000 worth), where the case hinged on fingerprint evidence.

Professional Memberships:

Criminal Bar Association