Katie specialises in commercial dispute resolution with a focus on technology and outsourcing matters, including issues arising from migration and software licensing disputes. She also advises clients in relation to contractual and regulatory disputes, data breaches, issues arising from public and private procurement processes, product liability, cyber security and has particular experience in claims arising from misrepresentation, fraud and breach of director' duties. 

Katie has litigated in the High Court and has a detailed knowledge of civil procedure. In addition to Court proceedings, Katie has assisted clients to resolve disputes through arbitration and mediation. Adopting a pragmatic approach, Katie’s primary is to ascertain her clients’ commercial needs and aims, recognising that litigation takes place against the back-drop of every-day business. Taking a natural interest in technology, Katie aims to include technology and AI capabilities in elements of client delivery too. 

Katie is a member and regular contributor to the Society for Computers and Law. 

Experience

Examples of experience include advising:

  • Acted for a public sector body in relation to a delayed implementation of a new IT system, including advising on the early termination of the contract and assisting with the transition of the project to a new provider. 
  • Defending a class action pursued by 500+ claimants against a national organisation concerning allegations that its point-of-sale and accounting IT systems suffered from defects. 
  • A FTSE 100 company in relation to pursuing injunctive proceedings. 
  • A leading telecoms company in relation to a data breach affecting hundreds of thousands of data subject, including drafting the notification to the ICO.
  • A peer to peer lending organisation in relation to a dispute arising from project services, support services and a software licence agreement, where the parties had failed to adhere to the contractual mechanism for agreeing project services specifications and pricing. 
  • An international game/ technology distributor – mediating and achieving a settlement of a wrongful termination dispute arising from a multi-million pound international distribution agreement, enabling the commercial relationship to be maintained.
  • Advising a public sector body on the construction of a supply contract in light of a breach of contract by their supplier. 

A recommended lawyer

Legal 500, 2018