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Hewitsons

SHAKESPEARE HOUSE, 42 NEWMARKET ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB5 8EP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01223 461155
Fax:
Fax 01223 316511
DX:
133155 CAMBRIDGE 8
Email:
Web:
www.hewitsons.com

Kate Harris

Tel:
Work 01223 532762
Email:
Hewitsons

Work Department

Contentious Trusts & Probate

Position

Senior Solicitor

Career

Kate has experience in dealing with a variety of contentious trust and probate litigation including applications contesting the validity of wills, applications to remove Executors, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and breach of trust claims. Kate also deals with contentious Court of Protection applications.

Member

Kate is an Associate member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Education

Kate completed an undergraduate degree in English Literature and French at the University of Edinburgh, spending one year studying abroad at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. After graduating in 2007 she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford. She completed her training contract with Hewitsons, qualifying in 2012.


East Anglia: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Next generation lawyers

Kate Harris - Hewitsons

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Hewitsons has 'a very competent team in this specialist area' and one barrister notes that 'the Cambridge office has a first-rate team that matches any specialist team in London'. Lucinda Brown, who leads the contentious trusts and probate practice and is a full member of ACTAPS, and senior solicitor and associate ACTAPS member Kate Harris are 'outstanding lawyers - efficient, knowledgeable and with a keen appreciation of an individual client’s problems in this difficult area of the law'. Brown's recent work included acting for private charitable trust in its defence of a claim under the Inheritance Act for reasonable financial provision brought by the widow of a deceased former Olympic rower. The case involved a property portfolio of farmland and residential property in Northamptonshire, and the practice secured a favourable settlement for the charity. Brown also acted for an adult child of a deceased man in her defence of a claim for reasonable financial provision from the estate by one of her sisters. The practice minimised the payment to the claimant.

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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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