Katie is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team. She has a wide-ranging commercial practice with particular focus on complex civil fraud claims, boardroom and shareholder disputes, and breach of contract claims, acting for both claimants and defendants.  

Katie’s broad practice also includes professional negligence claims, reputation and media, and contentious trusts and probate.

Katie has experience acting for clients in obtaining or opposing freezing injunctions. She also has experience as part of a supervising solicitor’s team on the execution of search orders.

Katie often works on matters with an international dimension, whether litigating in London on behalf of international clients or acting for UK and non-UK based clients in multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Katie joined Kingsley Napley in February 2012 as a paralegal in the Dispute Resolution team and completed her training contract with Kingsley Napley, qualifying as a solicitor in September 2017.

Katie is involved in a number of projects aimed at addressing issues affecting the local community, particularly homelessness and social inclusion, and is an active member of the firm’s Charities and Community and Responsible Business Committees. Katie acts as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors and volunteers as a caseworker for Amicus.

Recent cases

  • Acting for a company in a claim against one of its directors for fraud and breach of duty, including misappropriation of company funds and making a secret profit.
  • Successfully obtaining an injunction against two individuals following attempts to appoint them as company directors in a hostile take-over bid at an EGM, preventing them from being held out as and / or acting as directors of the company.
  • Successfully defending a claim brought by an individual for a declaration that they held shares in a client company. 
  • Acting for the claimant in a landmark Supreme Court case which resulted in change to the law of dishonesty, overturning a 35 year old test from the case of R v Ghosh [1982].
  • Acting for a sports agency in a claim against a top Formula One team for unpaid commission arising from a sponsorship introduction.
  • Acting for a government body in a professional negligence claim against its former solicitors.
  • Acting for the defendant in one of the first cases to provide guidelines on the meaning of the “serious harm” threshold in defamation law under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act and one of the first libel cases involving posts on twitter.
  • Acting for beneficiaries in successfully defending a challenge to a will on the basis of want of knowledge and approval and undue influence.

professional societies and memberships 

  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA) Committee Member
  • Contentious Trusts Associates (ConTrA)
  • London Young Lawyers Group

 

“ …may I take this opportunity of thanking you all for the advice, support and assistance that you have given throughout this process, which has contributed to us reaching an early and excellent outcome.” 

A client

"Thank you again for fighting my corner so astoundingly.” 

A client

"Katie’s drafting is “intelligent, dignified, assertive and to the point” and demonstrates a “fierce grace.”

A client

"It means a lot to me […] to have two formidable women doing me justice.”

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"Thank you again for guiding me through this process.” 

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Blogs

Directors of a solvent company are under no duty to prioritise the interests of potential creditors when entering transactions, even where there is a recognised risk of insolvency

Tax: a successful flip-flop

Practical advice for avoiding potential inheritance disputes

Laugh after Death

Government publishes guidance on changes to tax relief for residential landlords

A day in the life of a Private Client Trainee

Budget 2016 at a glance

The ‘Weekend Effect’ – Babies born at weekend more likely to die

HIV – still a death sentence?

The ‘Weekend Effect’ – How to avoid dying in hospital

Court awards £70,000 to head teacher for injury to feelings following an internet attack on her reputation

Sign on the dotted line… Does a will need a witness’ signature to be valid?

Speak now or forever hold your peace: A daughter’s failed attempt to prevent her father’s remarriage and protect her inheritance

Supreme Court goes back to basics in negligent valuation claim

Posthumous marriages and the importance of making a will

Can a third party funder remain anonymous?

Royally hacked off – High Court continues injunction to prevent publication of Pippa Middleton photographs

Correspondence between you and your solicitor: perhaps not as privileged as you think

Domicile in the Modern Family

Court confirms that libel is no longer actionable without proof of damage

Legal Update: a warning against taking “unreasonable advantage” of late filing

Individuals prevent Daily Mail publication of their “private and confidential” relationship

Contrasting decisions on relief from sanctions for late filing of appeal bundles

Legal update - Email exchange between solicitors binds settlement agreement

Legal update: Former director liable for copyright infringement and breach of director’s duties despite delay in bringing claim

Son obtains injunction preventing famous father publishing autobiography

High Court examines the interrelationship between Inheritance Act and the Insolvency Act

Court of Appeal disallow Inheritance Act claim brought outside limitation period

High Court allows extension of limitation period in libel claim for “reasonable” delay

Case Update: High Court considers parameters of specific disclosure application

High Court further highlights increased focus on procedural compliance following April 2013 CPR reforms

Case update: Court of Appeal criticises judge for refusing to recuse himself

Case update: Application for reconsideration of draft judgment refused

Case update: Court of Appeal considers the suitability of summary judgment and principle of “compelling reason” for second appeals

Case Update: Associated Newspapers makes public apology following false allegations of planned chemical weapons attack

Case Update: Sky succeeds in trade mark infringement and passing off action against Microsoft

Case Update: High Court strikes out claim for defamation where likely damages were “not worth” pursuing

Case Update: Court of Appeal reaffirms principles on limitation periods in professional negligence claims

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Contact Katie

+44 (0)20 3535 1538

kallard@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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