Katherine Pymont

Senior Associate

Dispute Resolution

"terrific"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

"exceedingly bright"

Legal 500, 2016

Katherine joined Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team in September 2012. She has a broad spectrum of litigation experience with particular expertise in Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes. Katherine had a previous career in the media. She trained at Kingsley Napley LLP. 

Katherine’s experience in the field of Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes includes challenging the validity of wills (including claims for lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, fraud, forgery and undue influence), claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, removal of executors and trustees, breach of trust claims, fraud cases involving trust structures and professional negligence claims relating to wills and trusts. She also works in Court of Protection matters including the appointment and removal of deputies and acting on behalf of deputies in seeking to recover misappropriated assets.

Katherine’s broader litigation experience encompasses contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, civil fraud cases, harassment and reputation management. She also frequently acts for claimants in obtaining injunctive relief and for defendants in opposing or discharging injunctions. Notably, Katherine acted for Genting Casinos in the landmark Supreme Court win against Phil Ivey in which the longstanding criminal legal test for dishonesty was overturned and for the Financial Conduct Authority in successfully defending proceedings challenging the interpretation of Russian sanctions  in both the Administrative Court and the European Court of Justice.

Katherine is a regular contributor of written content to both mainstream and specialist publications, particularly in the field of Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes including Today’s Wills and Probate (monthly contributor), Spears Magazine, The Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal, the ACTAPS Newsletter, Charity Times and Wealthbriefing, She is the author of the Westlaw guidance on removal of trustees.

Katherine is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and an affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She obtained a distinction in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes and is recommended in the Legal 500 in the field of Contentious Trusts and Probate.

Areas of Experience

  • Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes;
  • Court of Protection;
  • Civil fraud;
  • Commercial and Contract Disputes;
  • Corporate & Internal Investigations;
  • Professional Negligence;
  • Harassment; and
  • Injunctions.

Recent experience

  • Acting for beneficiaries, executors and personal representatives in a wide range of inheritance and probate claims, including cases where wills have been challenged on the grounds of forgery, incapacity or undue influence or because they have not been validly executed and claims for reasonable provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Acting for trustees, beneficiaries, protectors and others in connection with disputes over trusts including those with multi-jurisdictional issues.
  • Advising in relation to contentious matters arising in the Court of Protection;
  • Acting in professional negligence claims relating to wills, trusts and inheritance;
  • Advising charities in relation to fraud exposure and legacy disputes
  • Advising in relation to challenging trustees’ discretion in respect of the distribution of death benefits and associated complaint to The Pensions Ombudsman.
  • Acting for Genting Casinos in successfully defending a claim by international poker player Phil Ivey, recently decided in the Casino’s favour by the Supreme Court (Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67);
  • Acting for a Channel Islands corporate trustee in a case involving allegations of dishonesty, conspiracy, fraudulent misrepresentation and dishonest assistance in breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for an art dealer alleged to have converted art in his possession to his own use to raise large sums of money, as well as allegations of failures to account for the proceeds of sale of various pieces of artwork.  Multiple freezing injunctions were obtained against the client.
  • Acting on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to various proceedings pursued by the Claimants to challenge the Law Society’s intervention into their practices;
  • Acting for Rangers Football Club in various proceedings and contractual disputes with Sports Direct;
  • Acting for a number of high profile clients in the media, sport and entertainment industry, including advising on defamation, harassment and privacy law.

 

Press and articles

Professional societies and memberships

Related Services

Insight from Katherine

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News

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Spring 2019

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Winter 2018/2019

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Autumn 2018

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Summer 2018

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: Bumper Edition Spring 2018

Contentious Trusts and Probate Round-Up: January 2018

Contentious Trusts and Probate Round-Up: November 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: August 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: June 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: May 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: April 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: March 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: January 2017

Wills and Probate Round-Up 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: December 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: October 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: Bumper Summer Vacation Edition 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: July 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: June 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: May 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: April 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: March 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: February 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: January 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: December 2015

Contentious trusts and probate monthly round-up: November 2016

Contentious trusts and probate monthly round-up – October 2015

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: September

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up

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Blogs

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: February 2017

Inheritance claims by adult children – update

Seeking to prevent publication of defamatory content?

Thinking of excluding children from your inheritance? It may be harder than you think

Developments to the Defamation Act

Defamation & Malicious Falsehood – discussing the Peter Cruddas case – part 2

Defamation & Malicious Falsehood – discussing the Peter Cruddas case - part 1

Inheritance claims by children - on the rise?

Preventing, detecting and responding to fraud

Increase in legacies in Wills, increase in legacy disputes? Part 5 - Proprietary Estoppel

Increase in legacies in Wills, increase in legacy disputes? Part 4 - Will Construction

Increase in legacies in Wills, increase in legacy disputes? Part 3 - Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

Increase in legacies in Wills, increase in legacy disputes? Part 2 - Validity of a Will

Increase in legacies in Wills, increase in legacy disputes?

Abuse of Power of Attorney: Safeguarding against the increasing threat

Minor children and reasonable financial provision

Insider fraud in charities: prevention is better than cure

A recent court ruling on the forfeiture rule

No place at the table for an honest cheat

Annual statistics for Trusts, Wills and Probate released

Contesting a forged or fraudulent will

Challenging the Status Quo? Is Rick Parfitt's third wife entitled to a claim after he purportedly changed his will five days before his death?

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: Bumper Summer Vacation Edition 2016

Battle of the beneficiaries

Professional negligence claims - requirement for clear advice and terms of engagement

Freezing orders: when loans become assets

Freezing orders – more draconian for some than others?

Tackling online harassment – a step in the right direction

Mediation: The question is not if, but when

Jamiroquai uses The Protection From Harassment Act to restrain stalker

Defamation & Malicious Falsehood - discussing the Peter Cruddas case - part 3

Anti-social media – how the law can tackle online abuse and harassment

Disputing a Will based on undue influence – a challenge for Claimants?

Inheritance claims by spouses rise with number of remarriages

New stalking offences introduced – a radical change or emperor’s new clothes?

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Contact Katherine

+44 (0)20 7369 3801

kpymont@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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