Kathryn Arnot Drummond

Called 2008

Kathryn Arnot Drummond


Kathryn specialises in corporate crime, tax evasion, bribery and fraud. She has substantial experience of the financial services industry and has provided advice to individuals as well as multi national corporations in relation to both regulatory and criminal investigations.   She is one of a small number of barristers who has represented clients at interview at the Serious Fraud Office.  In addition, Kathryn is an experienced court advocate having acted both alone and as a led junior in a number of notable general criminal cases relating to serious violence, drugs and sexual offences.

Associated Work

In September 2017, Kathryn was invited to be a speaker at the UK Finance Financial Crime and Sanctions conference addressing the topic: ‘What to do when the SFO come knocking’. 

In March 2017, Kathryn gave a lecture to the Young Fraud Lawyers Association on the MOJ Call for Evidence in relation to corporate criminal liability.

Kathryn is on the panel of LexisPSL Corporate Crime and has written the update in relation to The Corporate Crime and Corruption Law Committee of the City of London Law Society response to the MOJ Call for Evidence in relation to corporate criminal liability .

In September 2016, Kathryn chaired a panel at the International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College in Cambridge for the fifth time in as many years.  The most recent topics include ‘The approaches of the US and the UK to corporate criminal responsibility’ , ‘Post Libor / FX, what is the right advice?’Kathryn has also addressed the Symposium on: ‘The Right to Silence, ‘Challenges for the Defence in White Collar Allegations’ and ‘Novel Approaches to the Identification, Tracing and Recovery of Stolen Assets and the Proceeds of Crime’.

In 2018, Kathryn was elected Education Officer for the Female Fraud Forum and is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.

Kathryn has guest lectured on the Transnational Justice LLM programme at BPP in London.  Her lectures included ‘The legal principles and rules relating to jurisdiction in the context of criminal (including enforcement and regulatory) proceedings’ and ‘Human Rights and the Defence of the Accused’


  • Defending individuals charged with white collar crimes – challenges and strategies, Research Handbook on International Financial Crime, 2015
  • Bind Overs – Under-Estimated and Under-Used, Bloomsbury, April 2015.
  • The Right to Silence in English Law: A legal Fiction? 25 Bedford Row Crime Bulletin, co-authored with Simon Pentol, 2014.

Involvement with the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Kathryn is an advocacy trainer and dedicates a great deal of her time to the training of Bar Students at the Inner Temple.  

She was President of the Inner Temple Junior Bar Association between 2012-2013 and is currently a member of the Qualifying Sessions Sub-Committee.  Kathryn has been one of the organisers and group leaders at four residential advocacy training weekends on the themes of Corporate Crime, Terrorism, Gang crime and stalking. 


  • 2007-2008:  BVC, BPP London (Inner Temple Exhibition and Sunley Prize winner)
  • 2006-2007:  Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP London
  • 2001-2005:  MA (Hons), Mental Philosophy, University of Edinburgh