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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.

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London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Hall of Fame)

Kate AllassFarrer & Co

Farrer & Co‘s ‘dispute resolution team is second to none in terms of technical quality and relationship building‘. The core of the firm’s corporate and commercial litigation practice involves major disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder conflicts, and cross-border commercial contracts. The team predominantly acts in matters comprising international components; and it is particularly expert in both coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, and handling cases encompassing jurisdictional issues. Corporate and shareholder dispute specialist Kate Allass is ‘one of the best in the mid-market sector‘; Ben Longworth‘s commercial disputes practice encompasses contractual claims, shareholder disputes, post-M&A issues, and insurance coverage matters; and Jolyon Connell is ‘a class act, who speaks honestly and directly‘. At associate level, seniors William Charrington, Charles Fursdon and Blue Elliott all maintain busy commercial disputes practices, while Victoria Atkins and Sally Mantell are also experienced litigators.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Steered by Tom Bruce, Farrer & Co‘s sports team regularly advises a diverse mix of high-profile sports clients on a range of corporate, commercial and governance matters, such as regulatory instructions, joint ventures and structuring international sporting events. Bruce regularly handles this workload with the support of India Benjamin. Katie Fudakowski is the key contact for several governing bodies seeking assistance with investigations and reviews into safeguarding and employment matters, as well as compliance mandates. Owen O’Rorke focuses on overlapping commercial, IP and data matters for such clients, while Julian Pike is a go-to contentious media and sports practitioner, advising sports teams, governing bodies and individuals on all manner of disputes. Henry Sainty, David Hunt and Paul Jones are further key names to note. Kate Allass is particularly recommended for her capabilities in high-profile disputes.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Farrer & Co acts in significant disputes involving parties from across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Far East, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. Its core focus is commercial arbitration, but it also houses experts in investor-state arbitration, art-related matters, and sports disputes. The practice is also increasingly active in marine construction and shipping matters. Hendrik Puschmann leads the group, which comprises sports disputes specialist Kate Allass, construction expert Edward Banyard Smith, and commercial disputes partner Ian De Freitas.