Katie has a practice specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on insurance, construction, financial services and professional liability disputes.  She has a considerable amount of experience in dealing with large, multi-party disputes and group actions.

Katie is rated in both Chambers and Partners (2015) and Legal 500 (2015).  Comments include: “[a]n absolute star, with sharp intellect and an amazing work ethic’; ‘has a very sharp mind’; ‘incredibly dedicated’; ‘[b]right, able, user friendly and definitely performs beyond her year of call’; a ‘highly skilled junior’; ‘[h]er research skills and ability to reduce complicated legal points into digestible prose are really impressive;’ ‘very clear advocate who gets to the issues quickly’; ‘bright and picks up complicated technical issues very quickly’; ‘one to watch’; ‘really excellent and very hard working’; ‘phenomenally bright’.

Katie is the current editor of the financial services chapters of Jackson and Powell and contributor to The Encyclopaedia of Financial Services Law (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf).

Recent reported decisions include:

  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raytheon Systems [2014] EWHC 4375; [2015] EWHC 311: Groundbreaking challenge under s.68 of the Arbitration Act 1996, in which an arbitral award was set-aside in its entirety on the basis of serious irregularities.
  • Rendlesham Estates Plc v Barr Ltd [2014] EWHC 3968: Multi party claim arising from the construction of two blocks of flat in Leeds.
  • Hunt v Optima (Cambridge) Ltd [2014] P.N.L.R. 29: Leading decision on status of an architect’s certificate under the CML Handbook and on the role of reliance in claims in tort.
  • Co-operative Group Ltd v Birse Developments Ltd (In Liquidation) [2014] P.N.L.R. 21: Key decision on (i) the accrual of causes of action in a construction context, and on (ii) whether failed assignments capable of creating trusts over rights subject to failed assignment.
  • Co-operative Group Ltd v Birse Developments Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 474: Key decision on what constitutes a “new claim” for limitation purposes (considered further in [2014] EWCA Civ 707).
  • Weavering Capital (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) v Dahbia [2013] EWCA Civ 71: Appeal arising from the Weavering fraud.
  • Gaydamak v Leviev [2012] EWCA 1147: Court of Appeal decision on the court’s discretion to allow new points to be raised on appeal.
  • Kingspan v Borealis [2012] EWHC 1147: claim arising from the supply of allegedly defective plastic resin for use in oil storage tanks.

Commercial Dispute Litigation: Katie’s practice embraces a wide range of commercial disputes, but particularly those involving allegations of civil fraud. She is currently instructed in relation to a claim arising from the Stanford Bank Ponzi scheme, a claim arising from a fraud alleged to have been perpetrated in the development of various designer outlet shopping centres, and the claims proceeding in the Commercial Court under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 in relation to the London Riots.

Construction: Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.  She undertakes a wide variety of work both in a litigation and arbitration context concerning in both pure construction claims and claims against construction professionals.  She was junior Counsel to Mark Cannon QC in the Co-op v Birse litigation, which gave rise to some of the leading decisions on limitation in a construction context.

Insurance: A significant element of Katie’s practice comprises insurance disputes, both for and against insurers. She has particular expertise in Contractors All Risk insurance policies, having acted with Roger Stewart QC in the battle between the Contractors All Risk insurers and the professional indemnity insurers arising from the construction of the East Coast railway.  She is currently instructed in a claim for the recovery of excesses against former members of an insolvent solicitors firm.

Arbitration: Katie has a substantial arbitration practice.  As well as being regularly instructed in national and international arbitrations themselves, she acted as junior Counsel to Roger Stewart QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy in the ground-breaking decision in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raytheon Systems [2014] EWHC 4375; [2015] EWHC 311, the first time an arbitral award was set aside in its entirety under s.68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 for serious irregularity.

Professional Liability:  Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Katie has considerable expertise in insurance related disputes, having acted as junior in both the TAG and CLE (i.e. “son of TAG”) litigation.  In addition, she has particular interest and experience in claims involving allegations of fraud. She was sole Counsel at trial and junior Counsel to Ben Patten QC on the appeal in Hunt v Optima (Cambridge) Ltd [2014] P.N.L.R. 29, one of the leading cases on the extent of a professional’s tortious liability to third parties.

Product Liability: Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.  She has substantial litigation experience in this area, having acted for the Ministry of Defence in the long-running Atomic Veterans litigation and as junior to Justin Fenwick QC in the three month commercial court trial of Kingspan v Borealis [2012] EWHC 1147.

Financial Services: Katie is the current editor of the financial services chapters of Jackson and Powell and is contributor to The Encyclopaedia of Financial Services Law (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf).  She has substantial expertise in FSMA claims and claims against IFAs.  She appeared (unled) in the Court of Appeal decision of Weavering Capital (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) v Dahbia [2013] EWCA Civ 71, a claim arising from the Weavering fraud.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Katie’s practice embraces a wide range of commercial disputes, but particularly those involving allegations of civil fraud. She is currently instructed in relation to a claim arising from the Stanford Bank Ponzi scheme, a claim arising from a fraud alleged to have been perpetrated in the development of various designer outlet shopping centres, and the claims proceeding in the Commercial Court under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 arising from the London Riots.

Examples of her previous cases include:

  • Chemical Initiatives v Tradedrive: instructed to act for South African company in relation to an international supply contract for the sale of sulphur to various companies in the Copperbelt; led by Ben Elkington QC.
  • Weavering Capital (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) v Dahbia [2013] EWCA Civ 71: appeared unled in the Court of Appeal in respect of an appeal arising from the Weavering Fraud.
  • Gaydamak v Leviev [2012] EWCA 1147: acting on appeal in a dispute arising from the supply of diamonds in Angola.
Professional Liability
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Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners (2016)and Legal 500 (2015), in which she is described as ‘incredibly dedicated’; a ‘very clear advocate who gets to the issues quickly’; ’bright, able, user friendly and definitely performs beyond her year of call’ and as having ‘a very sharp mind’. She was sole Counsel at trial and junior Counsel to Ben Patten QC on the appeal in Hunt v Optima (Cambridge) Ltd [2014] P.N.L.R. 29, one of the leading cases on the extent of a professional’s tortious liability to third parties.

Katie has considerable experience in relation to claims against legal professionals. She has particular expertise in disputes arising from after-the-event insurance schemes, having acted both in the original TAG litigation (together with Justin Fenwick QC, Ben Hubble QC and Helen Evans) and in the claim brought by AXA Insurance Limited in CLE Litigation, known as “son of TAG” (with Ben Hubble QC, Helen Evans and Carl Troman).

She is regularly instructed in relation to claims against financial advisors, auditors and accountants, construction professionals and surveyors and valuers.

Examples of her cases include:

  • Bank of Baroda & Anor v George Davies & Ors: Multi-party dispute arising from an alleged fraud perpetrated in connection with a major investment property transaction. Led by Roger Stewart QC.
  • Rendlesham Estates v Jeffrey Myers & Ors: Multi-party claim against various firms of solicitors arising from an alleged failure to advise about adequacy of property insurance policy. Led by Fiona Sinclair QC.
  • Nationwide Building Society v APR Properties: Acting for Nationwide in claim £2m against valuer arising from a commercial development in Cheltenham.
Insurance & Reinsurance
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A significant element of Katie’s practice comprises insurance disputes, both for and against insurers. She has particular expertise in Contractors All Risk insurance policies, having acted with Roger Stewart QC in the battle between the Contractors All Risk insurers and the professional indemnity insurers arising from the construction of the East Coast railway.  She regularly acts in property damage claims.

Further examples of her insurance caseload include:

  • C v D (confidential): insurance coverage dispute arising from an international publishing company’s alleged failure to disclose material information prior to the inception of the policy. Led by Ben Hubble QC.
  • Barbican v Various former members of Cobbetts LLP: Ongoing Commercial Court proceedings by insurers against former members of Cobbetts LLP for recovery of unpaid excesses.
  • G v H (confidential):  claim made under a Contractors All Risk policy arising from costs and liabilities associated with a defective concrete floor.
Product Liability
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Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners (2016) and Legal 500 (2015), in which she is described as being ‘great with clients, and provides practical, commercial and robust advice’; ‘technically very competent, and approachable with clients’, ‘bright, able, user friendly and definitely performing beyond her year of call’ and ‘incredibly dedicated’ as well as having ‘a very sharp mind’.

She has been involved in some of the leading recent cases in the field, including in the long-running Atomic Veterans litigation and as junior to Justin Fenwick QC in the three month commercial court trial of Kingspan v Borealis [2012] EWHC 1147.

Examples of her work include:

  • Network Rail Infrastructure v CAIB & Ors:  Claim arising from the Ely derailment.  Claim brought by Network Rail against (i) owner of wagon, and (ii) maintainers of wagon. Led by Roger Stewart QC.
  • X v A Pharmaceutical Company (confidential): Claim arising from a smoking-cession drug, the subject of multi-million class action claims in US.  Instructed with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC.
  • Ron Hull & Sons v Palagan: Case arising from supply of plastic polymer used to produce plastic bags to contain wood chippings.
Financial Services Regulation
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Katie is the current editor of the financial services chapters of Jackson and Powell and is contributor to The Encyclopaedia of Financial Services Law (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf).  She has substantial expertise in FSMA claims and claims against IFAs.

She appeared (unled) in the Court of Appeal decision of Weavering Capital (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) v Dahbia [2013] EWCA Civ 71, a claim arising from the Weavering fraud.

Construction & Engineering
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Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners (2016) and Legal 500 (2015), in which she is described as ‘pure class: super-clever and down to earth’; phenomenally bright’; ‘an absolute star, with sharp intellect and an amazing work ethic.’  Her “research skills and ability to reduce complicated legal points into digestible prose” are described as “really impressive.”

She undertakes a wide variety of work both in a litigation and arbitration context concerning in both pure construction claims and claims against construction professionals.  She was junior Counsel to Mark Cannon QC in the Co-op v Birse litigation, which gave rise to some of the leading decisions on limitation in a construction context.

Further examples of her caseload include:

  • Cwm Taf University Local Health Board v Nightingale Architects & Ors: Claim proceeding in the TCC arising from the construction of a hospital in the Rhondda Valley. Acting unled for the structural engineer.
  • Preston County Council v Enterprise Managed Services Limited: Claim arising from contract for the installation of solar energy panels on Council property.  Led by Fiona Sinclair QC.
  • I v J (confidential): Advising pre-action in respect of liability for alleged defects in major London skyscraper.  Led by Anneliese Day QC.
Arbitration
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Katie has a substantial arbitration practice. She acted as junior Counsel to Roger Stewart QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy in the ground-breaking decision in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raytheon Systems ([2014] EWHC 4375; [2015] EWHC 311), the first time an arbitral award was set aside in its entirety under s.68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 for serious irregularity.

Further examples of her recent arbitration work include:

  • A v B (confidential): claim between two Russian oligarchs arising from an alleged forced takeover of a building in central Moscow.  Led by Murray Rosen QC and Ben Patten QC.
  • C v D (confidential): insurance coverage dispute arising from an international publishing company’s alleged failure to disclose material information prior to the inception of the policy. Led by Ben Hubble QC.
  • E v F (confidential): claim arising from a contract for the installation of photocopiers at major UK supermarket.  Led by Ben Hubble QC.

Qualifications & Memberships

Katie is a member of COMBAR, LCIA, TECBAR, CHBA and PNBA.

Education – B.A. (Oxon), Dip.Law (City)

Publications

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