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Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) LLP and Pitmans LLP merged on 1 December 2018 to become BDB Pitmans LLP. More details can be found here



Katie is a litigator experienced in dealing with legally and factually complex disputes across the litigation practice, with an increasing focus on judicial reviews and other contentious public law issues, as well as property litigation.

She has dealt with matters in tribunals right up to the Supreme Court and is experienced in all stages of litigation from drafting pleadings to trial and first and second appeals. Katie also has expertise in mediation and other ADR techniques, and has documented complex settlements,often with significant non-monetary components.

On the property litigation side, Katie regularly acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential leasehold disputes including dilapidations, breach of covenant and disrepair claims, as well as forfeiture and possession actions. She also frequently advises on property related professional negligence, disputes regarding the beneficial ownership of property interests and on mortgages and their enforcement.

Career highlights

  • Acting for the ABI intervening in a reference by the Attorney-General of Wales to the Supreme Court in the first successful challenge as to whether a bill passed by a devolved legislature (in this case the Welsh Assembly) was within its legislative competence ([2015] UKSC 3)
  • Defending Natural Resources Wales’ decision concerning alleged environmental damage to Llyn Padarn (which involved domestic and EU law issues), including successfully defending an appeal to the Court of Appeal [2017] Env LR 2 : [2017] 1 CMLR 8
  • Successfully defending a judicial review and Article 6 challenge of a decision of a professional regulatory body as to whether to proceed in the involuntary absence of a registrant [2016] EWHC 2193 (Admin)

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