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Chambers of Alan Boyle QC

6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QS, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 6105
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Fax 020 7405 4004
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1025 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.serlecourt.co.uk
Serle Court (Chambers of Alan Boyle QC), Kathryn Purkis, London, ENGLAND

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Kathryn Purkis

Tel:
Work 020 7242 6105
Email:
Web:
www.serlecourt.co.uk
Serle Court (Chambers of Alan Boyle QC)

Position

Kathryn is a leading senior junior in offshore litigation and has variously been described as "an outstanding lawyer, “conscientious", “commercial”, “fearless”, “level-headed”, and “a top-notch advocate”. She has extensive wide-ranging chancery expertise, though focusses primarily on contentious trusts and probate litigation, and civil fraud and asset recovery. She is qualified in Jersey law and practised there for many years, so is particularly well placed to act in cases (wherever located) concerning the Channel Islands and has a direct understanding of the dynamics of offshore practice. She loves big challenges, and teamwork, and has acted in some of the largest pieces of offshore trusts litigation of the last decade.

Career

Called to the Bar in 1991 (Lincoln’s Inn). Called to the Jersey Bar in 2008.

Languages

Afrikaans, rudimentary French.

Member

Chancery Bar Association (education sub-committee); Jersey Law Society.

Education

University of Cape Town (BA (Hons)); Balliol College, Oxford (BA (Hons) (Juris)).

Leisure

Publications: 

with Professor Duncan Fairgrieve (Université Paris Dauphine PSL) “The Law of Unjust Enrichment in the Channel Islands: Recognising the Civil Law Strand”, The Jersey and Guernsey Law Review, February 2019.

with Dr Sinead Agnew (UCL), “Trustees’ Indemnities – is timing everything?, Trusts and Trustees, vol 24(10).


London Bar

Offshore

Within: Leading Juniors

Kathryn Purkis - Serle Court ‘ Her ability to find solutions to problems is second-to-none. ’

Within: Offshore

Serle Court is prominent in the area, with its members handling matters ranging from contemplated disputes over trusts to Privy Council appeals on points on key company issues. Alan Boyle QC, Richard Wilson QC, and Zahler Bryan represented the beneficiary daughter in Gany Holdings v Khan, a Privy Council appeal from the BVI in the wake of a transfer of assets, whose ultimate destination was subject to dispute, as was the distribution of the majority of the trust assets to one beneficiary. Turning to the Cayman Islands, Philip Jones QC  represented the respondent in Shanda Games v Masa Capital Investments, the lead Privy Council case concerning the Cayman Islands' provision for the "fair value" to be determined by a court when a shareholder dissents from a merger. The set is also active in the Crown Dependencies, with Philip Marshall QC and Matthew Morrison having worked with Collas Crill in representing the independent directors in the long-running Guernsey Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway case over the collapse of a fund in the 2008 case – Kathryn Purkis, who is a Jersey advocate, was formerly a partner at the firm Collas Crill providing chambers and clients with front line Channel Island experience.

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