Kate initially qualified as a Barrister before electing to become a Solicitor. She trained and practiced at two leading London firms; Mishcon de Reya then Stephenson Harwood for nearly 10 years before choosing to work locally. Kate joined Morrisons in October 2016 as an Associate Solicitor.
She has considerable experience in contractual disputes, contentious property, fraud, banking and insolvency. Kate is well versed in advising on complex, high value disputes including those involving an international element, particularly in Hong Kong.
In terms of contentious property issues, she advises on the following: disputes arising under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, disputed basement extensions, disputed boundaries, rights of way, restrictive covenants, landlord and tenant matters and leasehold enfranchisement cases.
- a high net worth individual in international proceedings in connection with the ownership of substantial retail properties valued at US$1.6 billion. The matter involved, amongst others, issues of fraud and matrimonial law.
- an individual regarding allegations of trespass, interference with rights of way and consequential damages.
- high net worth individuals in international proceedings against feeder funds alleged to have contributed to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
- national retail company in relation to claims valued at approximately £1.85 million regarding breaches of warranties and covenants.
- banks and corporates in relation to UK, EU and UN sanctions against both Iran and Libya.
- Natixis in negligence/deceit proceedings arising out of a £750million securitisation involving the Box Clever Group. This case was identified by The Lawyer as being one of the top cases of 2008/9.
- an international bank in relation to a contractual dispute with other international banks concerning credit default and inflation swaps of bonds with a value of £85million.
- a European bank in a claim for non-payment of third party fees.
- a large international auction house in a substantial LCIA arbitration in relation to a debt of £30 million and counterclaims in respect of lost and damaged works of art, and sales without authority.
- the cross-border liquidation of an international hedge fund in relation to mis-selling of investments in connection with the downturn in global financial markets as a result of US sub-prime issues.
- a firm of solicitors in £1 million contractual dispute concerning recovery of debts and damages for the provision of panel-solicitor co-ordination and audit services.
- an individual in obtaining an annulment of a bankruptcy with a complex international element.