Professional practice

Katherine is developing a broad practice in line with Chambers’ profile. During pupillage, she experienced a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration disputes, as well as media, employment, insurance and public international law disputes.

Prior to joining Essex Court Chambers, Katherine studied Law at Merton College, Oxford, where she graduated with a First. She then completed the BCL, for which she was awarded two scholarships. Katherine subsequently taught trusts and land law at the London School of Economics, alongside providing research assistance to Members of Chambers on matters of arbitration law for the new edition of Mustill and Boyd on Commercial Arbitration.

 

Arbitration & related court applications

Katherine has assisted with a range of arbitration cases, including commercial arbitrations, enforcement and applications under the Arbitration Act. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of an agreement for the supply of specialist telecoms equipment to a state entity.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of the purported termination of a shareholders’ agreement.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an LMAA arbitration concerning a claim and counterclaim arising out of an agreement for the sale and purchase of a luxury motor yacht. The case largely turned on the application of force majeure principles.
  • Assisted two Members of Chambers in an LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a joint venture for the marketing of each party’s products, which included responding to an application for security for costs.
  • Assisted two Members of Chambers on an application for an interim injunction under s.44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to prevent a lender from wrongfully taking collateral under a securities loan agreement.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in resisting a s.103 challenge to an order enforcing an investment treaty arbitral award which raised issues of estoppel and waiver.
  • Assisted two Members of Chambers in resisting a s.103 challenge relating to whether there was a written arbitration agreement between the parties. The case raised complex issues including issues as to the applicable law and public policy grounds for refusing to enforce an arbitral award.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Katherine assisted two Members of Chambers with research for the new edition of Mustill and Boyd on Commercial Arbitration, including on s.67 and s.69 of the Arbitration Act, on the applicable law of the arbitral agreement, and on the choice of law principles for issues such as capacity, separability and non-arbitrability.

Banking & financial services

Katherine is currently assisting Members of Chambers with research for the 8th edition of Andrews & Millett on Guarantees (forthcoming).

During pupillage, Katherine worked on a number of cases connected to the banking & financial services sector, including in relation to civil fraud and contractual disputes.

Civil fraud & asset recovery

Katherine has a broad range of civil fraud experience. Examples include:

  • Currently instructed (led by Huw Davies QC and Felix Wardle) in a high-value Ukrainian oligarch dispute.
  • Assisted three Members of Chambers with a deceit claim which arose out of the global financial crisis.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with a dispute as to whether a bank dishonestly assisted the perpetrators of a Ponzi scheme.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with a civil fraud case connected with the energy sector. The case raised a number of complex issues surrounding the applicable law and limitation periods for proprietary claims.
Commercial chancery disputes

Assisted a Member of Chambers in a dispute concerning whether a trustee was permitted to make relevant payments under a trust deed to certain entitled beneficiaries. The case raised a number of complex issues surrounding Benjamin orders and the circumstances in which such a hearing can be held in private.

Prior to joining Essex Court Chambers, Katherine taught trusts law at the London School of Economics to undergraduates.

Commercial dispute resolution

Katherine has a range of experience involving commercial dispute resolution, including tort, contract and unjust enrichment claims. Many of the contractual cases she has assisted with have also raised complex issues of construction. Examples include:

  • Assisted two Members of Chambers with a dispute between an investor and an investment manager operating an algorithmic trading strategy concerning allegations of misrepresentations and breach of contract.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in resisting an application to have freezing orders set aside. The case raised a number of issues including the circumstances in which an English court can make an order which involves the commission of an offence under foreign law.
Conflict of laws & private international law

Assisted a Member of Chambers in a dispute as to whether the English courts had jurisdiction where a claim was brought against a UK subsidiary of a foreign-domiciled parent.

Assisted a Member of Chambers with drafting an advice as to whether a third party who has been assigned or transferred the rights of a contracting party is bound by an arbitration agreement in the contract.

Assisted a Member of Chambers with an application for permission to serve out of the jurisdiction.

Assisted a Member of Chambers in a dispute relating to the application of Articles 28 and 29 of the Brussels Regulation.

Employment

Assisted a Member of Chambers in a dispute relating to the enforceability of an agreement settling an unlawful dismissal claim.

Energy & natural resources

Assisted a Member of Chambers in a dispute relating to the application of a costs option in an agreement to transport oil.

Insurance & reinsurance

Assisted two Members of Chambers in the FCA test case on whether business losses suffered as a result of COVID-19 fall within the scope of business interruption insurance.

Assisted two Members of Chambers in an arbitration relating to an insurance claim arising from a $300 million loss.

Media, art, entertainment

Assisted a Member of Chambers in advising on potential claims arising from the publication of personal information in newspapers.

Assisted a Member of Chambers in advising on the availability of injunctions for defamation and the publication of confidential information.

Public international law

Assisted a Member of Chambers in an arbitration involving issues of state immunity and of when an entity will be treated as an organ of the state.

Revenue law (including VAT, IPT, duties & excise)

Assisted a Member of Chambers with an application for permission to appeal an Upper Tribunal decision relating to the meaning of certain provisions of the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

Shipping & admiralty

Assisted a Member of Chambers in an arbitration relating to the delayed sale of a yacht.

Unjust enrichment & restitution claims

Assisted a Member of Chambers in advising on potential unjust enrichment claims arising from a breach of privacy.

Assisted two Members of Chambers in a dispute concerning a proprietary claim for the return of Bitcoin allegedly paid as a ransom following a malware attack.

Career

2020: Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2019-2020: Pupillage at Essex Court Chambers

2019: Called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn)

2018-2019: Guest Teacher in Law at the London School of Economics

2017-2018: Graduate Mentor, Merton College, University of Oxford

Education

2020: BPTC, City University, Outstanding

2019: BCL, Merton College, Oxford (studied conflict of laws, restitution, commercial remedies and corporate insolvency)

2018: BA Law (Jurisprudence), Merton College, Oxford, First Class

Awards

2018: Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Third in the OEC Times Law Awards 2018

Highly commended in the Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition 2018

2017: South Square Chambers Scholarship for the BCL

Merton College Barton Scholarship for the BCL

Gibbs book prize for Finals

2016: Reached national semi-finals of the Philip C. Jessup moot, representing University of Oxford

Winner of the Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Moot and the Oxford University Legal Assistance Public Law Moot.

2015: Slaughter and May Prize for Criminal Law, University of Oxford

Academic Scholarship, Merton College