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Kate Church

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Real Estate Litigation Team


Senior Solicitor


Kate advises on a wide range of property issues and disputes, both freehold and all aspects of Landlord and Tenant law (both commercial and residential) including dilapidations, enfranchisement/extended leases and agricultural tenancies.

Working closely with the Property and Agricultural Teams she has considerable expertise in advising on complex title issues, easements (including rights of access and rights of light), covenants, adverse possession and positively relishes the unusual and esoteric – take the case of the missing sixteenth century landlord.

She has dealt with cases at all levels, both through alternative dispute resolution and the Courts, the Land Registry Adjudicator, the Lands Chamber (previously known as the Lands Tribunal) - applications to discharge/modify restrictive covenants) and the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, covering the length and breadth of England and Wales from Teesside to Cornwall and the Solway Firth to the Solent.

Kate acts for a wide range of clients both private and commercial including charities and academic institutions and was noted in the Legal 500 for “Excellent personal service, very speedy responses and clear advice”’


Kate is a member of the Property Litigation Association


Kate read history at the University of York before completing the CPE and Law Society finals (first class) at the College of Law Chester. She joined Wild Hewitson & Shaw in 1987 and, on completing training, qualified into the Litigation Team in 1989. She is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

East Anglia: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Hewitsons 'offers a very responsive service and its key strengths are its ability to understand clients' needs and the quality and knowledge of its people'. Clients point out that the practice 'can always source wise, timely and informed advice and the price is worth paying for the quality'. One barrister remarks that 'the quality of their work, and the value they add to cases, rivals the best of the London and national firms in my experience'. The firm handles contentious property matters high-net-worth individuals, companies and clients in the agriculture sector. This includes work for of charitable and private wealth funds on disputes relating to commercial and residential developments. Former practice head Robert McLellan joined Keystone Law as a consultant but partner Natalie Minott joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to lead the real estate litigation practice. She is 'a tenacious and brilliant lawyer, adept at skilfully handling even the most difficult of cases', according to one client. Clients also recommend senior solicitors Kate Harris (who is 'bright, responsive and highly competent') and Kate Church. In one recent case, the practice acted for the a government department as tenant of a London property in a dormant dilapidations claim that could not be resolved directly by surveyors.

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