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Kate Allass

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Farrer & Co

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Kate has a varied litigation and arbitration practice, acting for corporations, institutions and individuals. Her practice encompasses: the handling of high value commercial disputes, both in the High Court and through arbitration. Often Kate becomes involved at the pre-action stage, providing strategic advice to ensure that her clients are in the best possible position in the event that they need to advance, or respond to, a claim for breach of contract or negligence. She also supports clients through informal dispute resolution processes and in the negotiation of exit strategies; civil fraud: Kate has advised in relation to claims for fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of duty by directors and co-contractors, many of which have involved freezing injunctions, search orders, and international parties; advising on disputes in an insolvency context against former directors in relation to historic transactions, wrongful and/or fraudulent trading, and breaches of duty; dealing with significant High Court employment disputes involving claims by senior executives for compensation following alleged wrongful termination, and injunctions to prevent large scale team moves and the use of confidential information; and acting for trustees in ultra-high value contentious trust claims in various jurisdictions; and representing Higher Education institutions and schools in relation to their disputes with students; advising sports organisations on contentious issues, including selection and disciplinary matters and their disputes with commercial partners.


Kate has been a partner in the Disputes Team since May 2009, after training at Farrer & Co then qualifying as a solicitor in September 2001.


University College London, BSc in Psychology; CPE and LPC, College of Law, London.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

‚ÄėThorough and highly effective‚Äô Farrer & Co¬†is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional freezing injunctions and asset tracing, with notable experience of ¬†cases involving the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe. The firm continues to act for Celsa Steel in relation to a multi-party fraud claim in which various subcontractors stole steel and other materials from the company and manipulated records to conceal the thefts. It also acted for Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM and Kea in a ¬£200m fraud claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust and others that relates to secret profits made in breach of fiduciary duties, and proprietary constructive trust and tracing claims. Head of team Adrian Parkhouse¬†is ‚Äėabsolutely first rate, hugely experienced, intelligent and a very impressive operator‚Äô. Kate Allass¬†is ‚Äėpragmatic and highly practical‚Äô and John Wilkinson, who joined as partner, has ‚Äėbags of hard hitting commercial nous‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

With almost all of its work involving international dimensions, Farrer & Co's 'great corporate and commercial litigation practice' has a particular emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. The practice acted for RP Explorer Master Fund in the Commercial Court in its $80m claim against multiple defendants, which arose out of its investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Adrian Parkhouse heads the team, which includes Kate Allass, Jeremy Gordon, Toby Graham, Ben Longworth and Charlotte Fraser . The key senior associates are Ben Longworth and Jolyon Connell. John Wilkinson joined from Stephenson Harwood.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

With 'a long history of acting for sports governing bodies on weighty matters', Farrer & Co has 'a strong sports pedigree'; governance, integrity and safeguarding are core strengths, though the team also has longstanding experience in event-staging. Julian Pike has 'great experience' and 'a very good understanding of the needs and pressures faced by his clients'; he advised the Football Association (FA) on the Select Committee inquiry into its handling of bullying and discrimination allegations lodged against former England women's manager Mark Sampson. Senior litigator Adrian Parkhouse is 'calm and effective, with a sound knowledge of the sector', and knows 'exactly what clients expect'; he defended PGA European Tour against a damages claim worth over £200,000, relating to its staging of the golf tournament. Henry Sainty assisted UK Athletics with staging the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in 2017; he also advised the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on its agreement with The Queen's Club to stage the Aegon Championships. Other clients include the International Canoe Federation and Billericay FC. Kate Allass is 'a strong, effective litigator'; the 'extremely sharp' Paul Jones is 'a great person to have on your side'. Associate Tom Rudkin is widely recommended.

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