Katharine joined 3 Hare Court as a tenant in October 2021 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Her practice focuses on commercial, insolvency, employment and public/constitutional law. Katharine has appeared led in the High Court and Privy Council, and appears regularly in the County Court on a range of matters including interim applications (including for injunctive relief), preliminary hearings and trials.
Katharine has considerable experience advising on employment law. She worked as a Consultant to Withers LLP between September 2021 and March 2022, where she was involved in matters concerning breach of contract (including post-termination restrictions), bonus and other contractual disputes, unfair and constructive unfair dismissal, partnership and shareholder disputes, whistleblowing and discrimination. Prior to commencing her pupillage, she worked for over a year as an paralegal with the employment team at Withers LLP.
Katharine is developing a broad practice encompassing all aspects of commercial, company and insolvency litigation and advisory work. Katharine’s current work includes advising on civil fraud, partnership disputes and complex contractual disputes, often with an international element involving banks and other financial institutions.
Katharine is well placed to advise on the intersection of employment and commercial law. Katharine recently juniored for Richard Samuel in an unfair prejudice petition concerning the scope of directors’ duties under the Companies Act 2006 in the context of historic allegations of racism and discrimination (Re Prospect Place (Wimbledon) Management Co Ltd  EWHC 76 (Ch)).
Katharine is currently led by Thomas Roe KC in a high-value breach of contract claim proceeding in the Technology & Construction Court. The claim involves technical underlying evidence and complex arguments on foreseeability and loss.
Katharine regularly appears in the County Court and advises on a range of general commercial disputes involving breach of contract, frustration and the enforceability of force majeure clauses.
During pupillage, Katharine worked on a variety of commercial, company and insolvency disputes, including:
Katharine is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme. She is particularly interested in public and constitutional law.
Katharine was led by Howard Stevens KC (Head of Chambers) in October 2022 in an appeal from Trinidad and Tobago concerning the scope of constitutional vindicatory damages. Katharine is also currently led by Robert Strang in another appeal from Trinidad and Tobago concerning a disputed conveyance of land, which will be argued before the Board in March 2023.
Katharine also gained experience during pupillage assisting Leading Counsel in Chambers on constitutional law cases before the Privy Council, including the following matters:
During pupillage, Katharine assisted Tom Poole KC in connection with a judicial review of the Government’s support package to universities and further education colleges in the wake of COVID-19.
Katharine is instructed as junior counsel to the Iraq Fatality Investigations, established following R (Ali Mousa and others) v Secretary of State for Defence  EWHC 1412 (Admin) in order to meet the state’s obligations under Article 2 of the ECHR. Katharine’s role involves assisting leading junior counsel to the Inquiry in connection with investigations into the deaths of Radhi Nama and Mousa Ali (two detained civilians who deaths involve allegations of ill treatment at a British army base near Basrah in May 2003) and Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali (an investigation concerned with identifying whether there was a systemic practice of ‘wetting’ as a law-enforcement mechanism in the post-war phase of British Occupation in 2003).
Katharine is instructed in a range of property matters, including claims for interim and final injunctive relief and Part 8 claims. She is regularly instructed to advise and act in possession claims (including claims against trespassers), business tenancy disputes and disputes concerning trusts of land and co-ownership. She also has a busy paperwork practice in these areas. She has recently advised on a complex breach of contract/misrepresentation claim concerning the sale of a £800,000 London home.
Katharine is instructed in a range of professional negligence claims and is well placed to advise on claims concerning underlying employment, personal injury or property law considerations. Katharine is currently instructed to advise on behalf of the Claimant in a claim against former surveyors where the Claimant suffered significant loss flowing from inaccurate advice on the demarcation of boundaries. Katharine has also acted as junior in claim for damages arising from misconduct of litigation/settlement at an undervalue in a case involving a high-value equal pay claim. Also as a junior, Katharine has drafted a substantial schedule of loss in connection with the misconduct of litigation of an underlying claim for serious personal injury, which was ultimately settled.
Katharine is regularly instructed in matters involving the Package Travel Regulations (1992 and 2018) and drafts advices and pleadings in disputes involving the same. She also represents various airlines in passenger claims for compensation under the EU Denied Boarding Regulations (EC Regulation 261/2004). Katharine advises on, and appears regularly in, Fast Track and Multi Track personal injury and employer’s liability disputes, both at interim (eg. costs and case management) hearings and final hearings.
During pupillage, Katharine assisted members of Chambers with advisory work, drafting and trial preparation in a range of disputes involving jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues.