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.

Expertise

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 appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal and advises on claims involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE and worker status. She acts for both employers and employees and is particularly well-placed to advise on employment claims litigated in the civil courts, including breach of contract claims and those where there is a potential personal injury and/or common law negligence component. Katharine is currently acting (led by Tom Poole KC) in a High Court claim involving claims for breach of contract and/or wrongful dismissal, infringement of privacy rights and consequential losses

During pupillage, Katharine assisted Tom Poole KC in a 10-day Employment Tribunal hearing involving allegations of sexual harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal; she also assisted Tom in connection with advisory work addressing unlawful deduction from wages and the enforceability of restrictive covenants. Under supervision, Katharine assisted on a variety of complex employment matters, which often raised discrimination and data protection considerations. Katharine co-wrote an article for the International Employment Lawyer on how employers can prepare for an emerging AI regulatory landscape and recently delivered a presentation to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s enforcement team on artificial intelligence and algorithmic bias in the employment context.

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 [2022] 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:

  • Assisting Simon Davenport KC and Phil Judd in a high value bankruptcy action arising from disputed judgments obtained in Russia.
  • Assisting Tom Poole KC and Emily Moore in connection with a breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy claim.
  • Assisting Tom Poole KC in drafting a claim for misuse of confidential information, unlawful means conspiracy and dishonest assistance.
  • Assisting Tom Poole KC in a complex unfair prejudice petition involving allegations of conflict of interest, breaches of statutory duty, fiduciary, and common law director’s duties.
  • Assisting Rupert Butler in the 10-week directors’ disqualification trial arising out of the collapse of the high-profile children’s charity, Kids Company. Katharine co-wrote an article for the New Law Journal, Third Sector Protector, on the implications of Mrs Justice Falk’s judgment for the charity sector more broadly.

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:

  • Duncan and Jokhan v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2021] UKPC 17. Katharine assisted Tom Poole KC in drafting the Respondent’s Written Case in an appeal concerning whether there was a violation of the Appellants’ rights under section 4(a) of the Constitution not to be deprived of liberty and security of the person except by due process of law.
  • Betaudier v Attornery General of Trinidad and Tobago [2021] UKPC 7. Katharine assisted Tom Poole KC in drafting the Respondent’s Written Case in an appeal concerning the lawfulness of the Appellant’s arrest and subsequent detention.
  • Katharine assisted Thomas Roe QC in preparing the Respondent’s Written Case for an appeal concerning apparent bias and the scope of the protection afforded by sections 4(a) and 5(2)(f)(ii) of the Constitution.

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 [2013] 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.

She has recently acted in a collective enfranchisement claim under section 26(1) of the Leasehold, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, and also an application for rectification of the Company Register under section 859M of the Companies Act 2006. She has also advised on the impact of COVID-19 and tenants’ obligations under regulations 4(c) and (d) of the Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) Regulations 2008.

During pupillage, Katharine assisted Tom Poole KC in the legally significant Privy Council case of Gordon v Havener (Antigua and Barbuda) [2021] UKPC 26, in which Lord Burrows clarified the law of proprietary estoppel as it relates to contract-breakers.

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.

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