Kate Allass > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Leading individuals)

Kate AllassFarrer & Co

Farrer & Co‘s ‘really excellent‘ corporate and commercial litigation practice is regularly instructed in major disputes. It is a first port of call for clients in cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. Almost all of the practice’s work has an international dimension; recent highlights included matters spanning the Caribbean and Channel Islands, as well as the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Leading the firm’s commercial litigation team is Adrian Parkhouse, who has over 30 years of civil litigation experience. The group also includes Kate Allass, who has particular expertise in complex corporate and shareholder disputes. Jolyon Connell is noted for commercial disputes involving financial institutions, private banks and investment funds. Also integral to the department are commercial litigation specialists Ben Longworth and John WilkinsonIan De Freitas focuses on claims concerning data privacy, IP, IT and outsourcing issues. William Charrington and Blue Elliott are experienced senior associates, Victoria Atkins has ‘superb mastery of cases involving multiple jurisdictions‘ and Oliver Blundell is ‘a hard-working junior with good judgement‘.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

With ‘an international arbitration practice that provides top-notch representation‘, Farrer & Co‘s commercial arbitration focus covers corporate, energy, financial services, construction and public procurement disputes. The practice also acts in investor-state arbitrations, art-related matters and sports disputes. Hendrik Puschmann is ‘a star arbitration lawyer and master tactician, whose knowledge of the field is encyclopaedic‘, Kate Allass‘ practice includes sports-related arbitration, and Oliver Blundell is the associate to note.