Commercial & Chancery
Katharine accepts instructions in all areas of commercial and chancery law.
Katharine has experience across a range of chancery matters, including:
• Claims under the Inheritance Act 1975, including assisting with written submissions and case preparation in Ilott v Mitson  UKSC 17, the only occasion on which the legislation has been considered by the Supreme Court;
• Tax litigation under the Transfer of Assets Abroad and Settlements legislation, arising out of complex offshore trust and corporate structures. In this context, Katharine also has experience of residence and domicile issues;
• Claims for breach of trust and challenges to the validity of a trust under the “sham” doctrine;
• Challenges to the validity of a will due to lack of testamentary capacity and/or undue influence; and,
• High value chattels disputes and proprietary estoppel claims.
During pupillage, Katharine worked extensively in the field of civil fraud and asset tracing, assisting in advising on and litigating multi-million-pound international claims at both first instance and appellate levels in England and Wales and in Jersey.
Katharine has also assisted in advising on and litigating contractual disputes across a range of business sectors, including breach of contract, unjust enrichment and quantum meruit claims.
Katharine is junior counsel to the Dame Linda Dobbs Review, which is considering whether issues relating to the HBOS Reading fraud were investigated and appropriately reported to the authorities at the time by Lloyds Banking Group, following its acquisition of HBOS.
Planning & Environment
Katharine accepts instructions in all areas of planning and environment law.
She advises individuals, local authorities, planning consultants and land agents across a wide range of planning matters including:
- Conservation Areas;
- Assets of Community Value;
- Article 4 directions;
- Community Infrastructure Levy;
- Estate regeneration;
- Planning compulsory purchase orders;
- Traffic Management Orders;
- Section 106 agreements;
- Highways Act 1980 matters, including section 278 agreements; and,
- Material changes of use of residential property, including HMOs.
Katharine advises and represents clients on planning appeals at both the inquiry stage and in the High Court.
She successfully represented the campaign group, Stop Bengeo Quarry, as sole counsel at a major planning inquiry regarding a proposed gravel quarry development in Hertfordshire, dealing with expert evidence on the issues of water pollution and air quality related health impacts.
Regulatory & Disciplinary
Katharine accepts instructions in all areas of regulatory and disciplinary law.
Katharine has acted on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council at interim order, review and final hearing stages before the Fitness to Practice Committee.
Public & Administrative
Katharine accepts instructions in all areas of public and administrative law.
A member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme, Katharine has been instructed by both the Government Legal Department and HMRC Solicitor’s Office and Legal Service to assist various government departments in the conduct of high value litigation alongside leading trial counsel. This has included claims for A1P1 damages, damages arising out of judicial review proceedings and high value tax litigation.
Katharine has appeared in the Court of Protection, dealing with issues of capacity, best interests and the drafting of consequential orders.