A reminder on costs in the context of probate litigation and the importance of mediation
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.
How wills can be challenged and how charities can manage legacy disputes | UK Fundraising, September 2019
The Inheritance (Provision For Family And Dependants) Act 1975 | Today's Wills and Probate, January 2019
Britain’s secret charity cheats: the questions your charity should be asking | charitytimes, June 2018
1975 Act Claims: Dead end | Law Journals
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