Kate Stewart > Lester Aldridge LLP > Bournemouth, England > Lawyer Profile

Lester Aldridge LLP

Work Department

Real Estate Litigation


Kate is a Partner and heads the property litigation team. She advises on complex real estate litigation and dispute resolution.

Kate works closely with our real estate teams, providing guidance for the smooth procurement of property transactions and handling any property related matters which have become disputed or which are the subject of litigation both in the commercial and residential sectors.

Kate’s client base includes property developers, national house builders, national lenders and property investors. In addition Kate also advises on high end residential property related issues or disputes.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Insurance > Professional negligence

Focusing predominantly on the claimant side of professional negligence matters, Lester Aldridge LLP covers claims against solicitors, property surveyors and marine surveyors, among others. Under the leadership of Chris Evans, the practice also includes the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ Rachel Gimson as well as property litigation specialist Kate Stewart. Michael Veal was appointed as district judge in January 2023.

South West > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Kate StewartLester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP ‘s ‘knowledgeable’ team is active in construction and telecoms disputes, with an additional niche focus on matters concerning marine-based landlords. Kate Stewart leads the Bournemouth-based practice, where she regularly represents major house builders in a variety of pre- and post-completion matters, such as overage liabilities disputes. ‘Excellent property litigator’ Rachel Gimson is proficient in land disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and construction disputes. Rebecca Antill, who handles residential, commercial and real property disputes, is lauded as ‘a real asset to a litigation team’.

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

With demonstrable experience across the marine, defence and financial sectors, the ‘client-focused and reliable’ dispute resolution team at Lester Aldridge LLP acts on high-value claims brought on behalf of companies in insolvency procedures, and frequently advises on regulatory issues. Noted for his expertise in handling Part 8 Companies Act claims, practice leader Chris Evans handles contract disputes and financial litigation, professional negligence claims and insolvency-related mandates. Other key contacts in the group include property litigation expert Kate Stewart and senior associate Ben Kerley, while Michael Veal left in December 2022.