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Katie is instructed in wide range of general commercial disputes, with an emphasis on restructuring and insolvency cases. Her practice also encompasses banking, company law and property matters.
Experience and Expertise
Katie has a busy general commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on insolvency work (personal and corporate). She is a contributing author to the Personal Insolvency volumes of Atkins Court Forms and regularly appears in the High Court as sole counsel in insolvency cases.
She graduated from Durham University in 2010 (1st Class, LLB ELS), having achieved the highest mark in the commercial law module that year. Subsequently, she interned at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and worked for an international technology consultancy firm in the City, before she decided to come to the Bar. She is also a co-opted member of the Young Barristers’ Committee.
Katie is repeatedly instructed to advise, draft pleadings and represent clients in commercial cases, many of which are banking, property and technology matters.
Cases and Work of Note
- Instructed as second junior in Regency Villas Title Ltd and others v Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd and another  EWHC 3564 (Ch), which is currently on appeal to the Supreme Court. The appeal challenges the main authority on the law on easements - Re Ellenborough Park  Ch. 131;
- Advising and drafting particulars of claim for a multi-million pound shareholder dispute;
- Representing (sole counsel) the interested parties in TPS Investments (UK) Limited (In Administration)  EWHC 360 (Ch), a case that concerned officeholders’ conflicts of interests and gave rise to Quistclose trust and tracing arguments;
- Representing (sole counsel) a well-known German bank in a trial in the Chancery Division, defending a common-intention constructive trust claim;
- Advising and representing a well-known German bank in a matter giving rise to various issues concerning the registration of an authentic instrument under the CJJA 1982 and the variation of consequential orders;
- Advising a trustee in bankruptcy on payment of the Secretary of State fee in the context of annulment proceedings;
- Advising a mortgage company on an application for permission to enforce a possession order pursuant to CPR 83.2.3 and civil restraint order issues;
- Acting for a well-known university in a possession claim, which focused on arguments of discrimination and landlord and tenant law;
- Advising a trustee in bankruptcy on a s 339 IA86 claim and related claims as to a third party’s alleged beneficial interest in property that forms part of the bankruptcy estate;
- Advising administrators on the merits of wrongful trading, fraudulent trading, unlawful distribution and preference claims in the context of a multi-million pound administration;
- Advising administrators in relation to a retention of title dispute in a construction matter;
- Advising directors in respect to misfeasance claims against them, including the application of the Re Duomatic principle;
- Advising foreign lenders on service outside of the jurisdiction matters, including the scope and applicability of the Judgments Regulation and the CJJA 1982;
- Advising and drafting claims for the restoration of companies in complex cases (including those involving matters of insolvency law, trust issues and pensions);
- Advising and drafting a defence to a relation to telephony services claim, relying on contingent condition (contract) and misrepresentation arguments;
- Advising a trustee in bankruptcy on a life tenancy claim (which involved issues of equitable ownership and lease contracts) and the approach to take to realise the asset in issue;
- Advising and representing office-holders (sole counsel) on various applications in the High Court, e.g. applications concerning their remuneration, for extensions to administration orders and to place companies into CVL;
- Advising and representing a trustee in bankruptcy in complex proceedings in which various applications were made under s 262 IA86 and r 15.35 IR16;
- Representing the Official Assignee of New Zealand in several cross-border bankruptcy cases;
- Advising banks in relation to restrictions and charges entered against properties, and the vesting of property;
- Representing administrators (sole counsel) in BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees v Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd  EWHC 1200 (TCC) to oppose an application to lift the statutory moratorium;
- Advising joint liquidators on the realisation of assets in circumstances where the company was about to dissolve; and
- Advising on a trustee in bankruptcy’s personal liability for costs in litigation.
- Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, case reports, TPS Investments (UK) Ltd (In Administration), Re  EWHC 360 (Ch) and Ve Vegas Investors IV LLC v Shinners  EWHC 186 (Ch)
- Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, case report, Gillan and Others v HEC Enterprises Ltd and Others  EWHC 3179 (Ch)
- Contributing author to the Personal Insolvency volumes of Atkins Court Forms.
- Law with European Legal Studies LLB ELS (Hons) - First Class, University of Durham (2006 - 2010)
- Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany (2008-2009)
- Commercial Law Prize, Durham University (2010)
- College of Law, London – Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, College of Law (2012 – 2013)
- Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
- Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
- London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
- Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA)
- Young Barristers’ Committee to the Bar Council