Katherine is developing a broad practice within chambers’ areas of expertise, in commercial law, construction law, banking and financial services, professional negligence, European Union law, public law and public international law.

Katherine studied Law, French and Spanish at University of Queensland, Australia. She holds a LL.M in International Humanitarian Law (mention très bien) from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and a PhD in International Law (mention très bien avec félicitations de jury), from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

Prior to coming to the bar, she worked as teaching and research assistant to the former Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel to the United Nations, Professor Nicholas Michel, at the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland, for Professors Paola Gaeta and Marco Sassòli at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland, and as personal research assistant to Professor Marcelo G. Kohen, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. In 2011 and 2012, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge.

Scholarships and Prizes

Katherine was awarded a Scholarship for Prospective Researchers by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Fonds National Suisse), and an Ambassadorial Scholarship by the Rotary Foundation. As part of a two-person team, she won First Prize in the Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Asia Pacific Competition, and the Australia Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition. Katherine was awarded a Hardwicke Award and a Lord Denning Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn.

In 2015, Katherine was a part of the team representing 4 New Square awarded Best Team at the inaugural Arbitration Weekend of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. She was individually awarded Best Individual Advocate voted by delegates.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Dispute Resolution
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  • Acting for the Libyan Investment Authority in claims in the Chancery Division against Société Générale to recover multi-billion dollar sums lost in equity derivative transactions.
  • Advising relation to an appeal and mitigation options following a failed claim against an international bank arising out of lost investments.
  • Advising on time limits under an arbitration agreement in a multi-million dollar dispute.
  • Acting in litigation brought by a US investor concerning losses in investment companies in Eastern Europe.
  • Advising in a contractual dispute between a prestigious golf club and one of its former members.
  • Successfully obtaining third party debt orders.
  • Acting in strike out applications.
Banking and Finance
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  • Acting for the Libyan Investment Authority in claims in the Chancery Division against Société Générale to recover multi-billion dollar sums lost in equity derivative transactions.
Professional Liability
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  • Advising and drafting Particulars of Claim in a claim for professional negligence against solicitors acting for the seller of a prestigious multi-million pound hotel.
  • Drafting a defence in a claim for professional negligence brought by multiple claimants against a foreign firm of solicitors involving several failed property transactions overseas.
  • Drafting a defence in a claim for professional negligence brought against a firm of solicitors instructed to effect the remortgaging of a property.
  • Advising on the merits and quantum of a subrogated claim for negligence involving maintenance works which caused substantial damage to a residential property.
European Law
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  • Acting for individuals listed in the Annex to Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP of 5 March 2014 and Annex I to Council Regulation (EU) No 208/2014 of 5 March 2014 (assisting counsel, as a pupil).
  • Acting for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in an appeal relating to the scope of the Zambrano right (assisting counsel, as a pupil).
  • Acting for the appellant, ClientEarth, in a reference for a preliminary ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning ambient levels of nitrogen dioxide in the United Kingdom contrary to Directive 2008/50/EC (assisting counsel, as a pupil).
Public Law and Human Rights
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  • Acting for pharmaceutical company in its application for an injunction against various animal rights protestors who posed a threat to the development of an animal testing laboratory (assisting counsel, as a pupil).
  • Acting for the respondent, the General Medical Council, in an appeal against the decision of the Fitness to Practise Panel that resulted in the appellant’s erasure from the medical register (assisting counsel, as a pupil).
  • Acting for the respondent, the Disclosure and Barring Service, in an appeal before the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal challenging the decision to include the appellant on the adults’ and children’s barred lists (assisting counsel, as a pupil).
  • Acting for the Trust Special Administrator and Secretary of State for Health in a challenge to the first use of the Secretary of State’s powers under the National Health Service Act 2006 to appoint a Trust Special Administrator to take over a failing NHS Trust and make recommendations for its services and those of neighbouring Trusts (assisting counsel, as a pupil).
Public International Law
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Katherine has in-depth knowledge of public international law, having studied, taught and published widely in this area. She holds a PhD in International Law (mention très bien avec félicitations de jury).

Katherine’s public international law practice includes:

    • Maritime Delimitation in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua). Acting as Counsel to the Republic of Costa Rica in a maritime dispute before the International Court of Justice. Pending.
    • Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan River (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica). Acting as Counsel to the Republic of Costa Rica in contentious proceedings before the International Court of Justice involving a claim of transboundary environmental damage arising from road works.
    • Certain Activities carried out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua). Acting as Counsel to the Republic of Costa Rica in contentious proceedings before the International Court of Justice involving claims of an armed incursion, sovereignty over an internationally protected wetland, and environmental damage.
    • Accordance with international law of the unilateral declaration of independence in respect of Kosovo. Acting as Advisor to the Republic of Serbia in advisory proceedings before the International Court of Justice involving an interpretation of a United Nations Security Council resolution and claims of statehood.

Katherine’s publications in the area of public international law include:

‘Transitional Justice’, in: Andrew Clapham and Paola Gaeta (eds.), Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict, Oxford University Press, 2014 (with Professor Nicolas Michel), pp. 840-884.

‘Treaties for Armed Conflict’, in: Andrew Clapham and Paola Gaeta (eds.), Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict, Oxford University Press, 2014 (with Professor Robert Kolb), pp. 50-90.

‘Opérations de maintien de la paix et droit des conflits armés’, in: Vincent Chetail (ed.), Permanence et mutation du droit des conflits armés, Bruylant (with Professor Nicolas Michel), pp. 185-200.

The Myth of Remedial Secession’, in: Duncan French (ed.), Statehood and Self-Determination. Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2013), pp. 79-108.

‘Decolonisation in Latin America: Its Trail-Blazing Role for Decolonisation in other Parts of the World’, in: Claude Auroi and Aline Helg (eds), Latin America. Dreams and Legacy 1810-2010, Imperial College Press, 2012 (with Professor Marcelo Kohen), pp. 43-65.

‘The Kosovo Advisory Opinion and UNSCR 1244: A declaration of ‘independence from international law’?’, 24/1 Leiden Journal of International Law (2011) (with Professor Marcelo Kohen), pp. 109-126.

‘The Requirement of ‘Belonging’ under International Humanitarian Law’, 21/1 European Journal of International Law (2010), pp. 105-124.

Qualifications & Memberships

BA (French and Spanish), University of Queensland; JD, University of Queensland; LLM (mention très bien), Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; PhD in International Law (mention très bien avec félicitations de jury), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

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