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Kate Selway

| Call 1995

Profile: Overview

Kate has a wide ranging and highly successful commercial and traditional chancery practice. An experienced litigator, she has appeared in a number of high profile cases and has represented numerous government departments and agencies while on the Attorney General’s Panels. She is known for her clear, concise and pragmatic approach.


Experience and Expertise

Kate Selway is a busy, successful commercial and traditional chancery practitioner with extensive High Court litigation experience. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel in 2016.

Her core areas of practice are trusts (including the taxation of trusts); all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant; wills, probate and the administration of estates; charities; Court of Protection; professional negligence.

As a member of the Attorney General’s B and C Panel of Counsel from 1999 to 2008 Kate undertook a broad range of civil litigation for various government departments and agencies including HMRC, the Highways Agency, the Department for Transport, the Land Registry, the Competition Commission, the MOD, the National Crime Agency and the Department of Works and Pensions. Kate represented the Highways Agency at three public road inquiries between 2003 and 2007.

Kate appears regularly in the Chancery Division of the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal in two important decisions, concerning the excessive use of easements (McAdam Homes Ltd-v-Robinson), section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and transactions defrauding creditors (CIR-v-Hashmi) and in the Supreme Court concerning the marshalling of securities (in the NCA-v-Szepietowski litigation).

Kate undertakes extensive advisory work in all areas of her expertise.


Cases and Work of Note



Kate Selway is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers UK and/or The Legal 500 for commercial chancery, traditional chancery, agriculture and property litigation. Examples of recent directory comment are as follows:



Kate was a co-editor of Wurtzburg & Mills on Building Society Law from 1996-2010.

“Landscape, Land Tenure and Ways of Seeing the Past”, Christie’s Bulletin for Professional Advisers, Autumn 2016, Vol. 20, Number 2

“Establishing Faudulent Calumny”, Law Society Gazette, 4 December 2017



Kate regularly gives seminars in property, trust and probate related matters.



Before studying Law, Kate read History. She has a 1st Class BA from Bristol and a DPhil from Oxford, where she specialised in late medieval English history.


On a Personal Note

Kate has a Blue in hockey and still plays regularly. She also enjoys photography and inflicting visits to historic sites on her husband and two sons.



Kate is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Charity Law Association and STEP.


Other Details

VAT Registration Number: 681554419

Bar Membership Number: 34267


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Kate Selway
“Very bright, punchy, and doesn’t sit on the fence. She is a delight to work with.”

Chambers UK