Katie leads our commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring practices.
Katie has practised in the Cayman Islands since 2009, which makes her one of the most experienced Cayman Islands litigators. Prior to founding Claritas in 2022, Katie was a partner in the litigation team of global offshore law firm, Harneys. Katie is an experienced advocate and frequently appears before the courts of the Cayman Islands.
Katie combines a keen intellect with a practical focus. Given her experience, she is able to see quickly to the heart of an issue, devise a solution, and execute it with ruthless efficiency. She is committed to delivering value for money to her clients.
Katie's expertise is recognized by Chambers Global (2022), where sources describe her as “a trusted adviser, someone you can rely on to have your back and be commercial about things too," adding that “her advice is succinct and to the point but equally well considered."
She is also recognized as a “next generation partner" in Legal 500 (2022) and by Who's Who Legal (2022) as a Thought Leader in Asset Recovery.
Katie began her legal career in London where she trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and practised at leading fraud litigation firm, Peters & Peters, before moving to the Cayman Islands, where she practised with Appleby and then Harneys.
Katie’s case highlights include
- Acting for Arcelormittal USA LLC on an application for a Norwich Pharmacal order against two Cayman companies in the Essar group. This was part of a global effort to enforce a US$ I.5 billion arbitral award against Essar Steel Limited and closely co-ordinated with applications for relief from the High Court in England.
- Acting for Brazilian telecommunications giant, Oi S.A. on an application for an injunction to prevent a Cayman fund from interfering in its Brazilian judicial reorganization proceedings.
- Acting for EY as liquidators of TCA Global Credit Fund Ltd. This case involves difficult questions of cross-border insolvency arising from the parallel appointments of Cayman Islands liquidators and a US receiver.
- Acting for Trina Solar, JA Solar and Sina Corporation in share valuation disputes under section 238 of the Cayman Companies Act, following their de-listing from US stock exchanges.
- Acting for Global Cord Blood Corporation to successfully defend an application for an injunction to prevent it being de-listed from a US stock exchange.
- Applying for the appointment of provisional liquidators over Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and subsequently acting for PwC as liquidators.
- Acting for the Dutch inventor of a self-propelling wheel in relation to a dispute with his former business partner in relation to Cayman company, Freerider Ltd. This was one of the first liquidations following the introduction of the Companies Winding up Rules in 2009 and gave rise to a number of reported decisions on the interpretation of those rules.
- Acting for an American businessman seeking the recovery of his investment in Cayman company, Fortune Nest Ltd. Successfully petitioned for the company to be wound up on the just and equitable ground.
- Acting for a Cayman holding company, Fortuna Development Corporation, in very long-running litigation by a minority shareholder challenging his removal from the board of directors.
- England and Wales, 2006 (non practising)
- Cayman Islands, 2009
- BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course, 2003
- City, University of London, Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 2002
- Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MA (Oxon) (Double First), 2001
- Cayman Islands Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (Chair of Education Committee)
- International Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation