Kate is a partner in our real estate disputes team. She deals with all types of property litigation work from the provision of pre-emptive advice and risk analysis through to complex proceedings in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Kate acts for institutional landlords, developers, investors and corporate occupiers across the entire property sector.
Kate has been practising for over 16 years. She is recognized for her reasoned and proactive approach to dispute resolution. Her core areas of expertise include lease renewals (contested and uncontested), rent and service charge disputes, rent reviews, dilapidations, contested break options and property insolvency, as well as the provision of strategic land assembly and tenant re-engineering advice. Recent projects include:
- advising an AIM listed retailer on the contentious elements of the £250m acquisition of a competitor's leasehold portfolio;
- dealing with the restructure of a property portfolio on behalf of a FTSE listed retailer. Advising on all aspects of the transition of 600 properties from the old franchise business model to a new bespoke model;
- acting for a plc investor/developer on all elements of site assembly and clearance, including the release of rights to light and other easements in the context of a £4.3bn extension and redevelopment project.
Kate moved to Shoosmiths from Eversheds where she had been since qualification. She is a member of the Property Litigation Association and Women in Property.