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Stewarts Law LLP

9 BOND COURT, LEEDS, LS1 2JZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 222 0022
Fax:
Fax 0113 222 0044
Email:
Web:
www.stewartslaw.com
Leeds, London

Kate Pollock

Tel:
Work 0113 222 0050
Email:
Stewarts Law LLP

Work Department

Competition Litigation

Position

Kate is a partner in the Competition Litigation team, and specialises in cartel damages claims including acting for 12 major retailers in multi-billion pound claims against MasterCard and Visa.

Kate has significant experience of complex and high-value commercial disputes, both in the UK and overseas, most recently acting for major corporates based in France, Sweden and Slovenia. Her clients span the retail, manufacturing, aviation and energy sectors.

Representative cases include:

  • Acting for major retailers in multi-billion pound claims against MasterCard and Visa
  • Acting for a global wholesaler of IT products and services in a multi-million claim arising from the worldwide Liquid Crystal Displays Cartel
  • Acting for a major power company in a multi-million claim relating to the High Voltage Power Cables cartel
Recognition
Kate is described in the legal directories as “tenacious”, “confident” and a “first rate litigator”.

Feedback on Kate’s work includes the following:

“We need to operate our business on a culture of “no surprises”. Kate fought and won a major piece of litigation, delivering an outstanding result in a seamless, cost-effective, least disruptive manner. She goes the extra mile, is a highly effective litigator and is always there when you need her.” (C.O.O. Major Corporate Client)

“Kate is a first class litigator. She is knowledgeable, practical and manages litigation superbly, inspiring confidence in clients and Counsel. She is an astute tactician; her excellent grasp of the client’s commercial objectives help her to stay one step ahead of the game. She is tenacious, proactive and commercial in her approach, unflappable under pressure and she gets results. She is also extremely charming and great fun to work with. In short, you want Kate on your side.” (Leading Counsel)

Career

Trained Travers Smith, London; qualified 1999; dispute resolution group, Wragge & Co 1999; commercial dispute resolution team, Walker Morris, Leeds 2006; Stewarts Law 2011; partner 2012.

Languages

French.

Member

AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers); Justice.

Education

Edgbaston High School for Girls; Exeter University (1996 LLB Hons, 2:1); Nottingham Law School (1997 LPC commendation).

Leisure

Running, skiing, cooking.


London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Kate Pollock - Stewarts Law LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

‘A first-class litigation boutique’, Stewarts Law LLP is ‘easily one of the best for litigation outside of the Magic Circle’ fielding ‘a strong team with a sense of purpose’ that is ‘undoubtedly the premier firm in Yorkshire, maybe even nationally’. The group is highly regarded for its experience in cartel damage claims, financial services disputes, fraud matters and investigations. Mo Bhaskaran, who ‘strikes the right balance between aggression and realism’, leads the department, which also fields the ‘tenaciousKate Pollock, who is ‘efficient and a popular team leader for competition work’; the ‘absolutely brilliantJonathan Sinclair and senior associate Nick Haworth, who is ‘a savvy litigator with a bright future ahead of him’. Highlights included Pollock representing multiple corporates in cartel actions relating to interchange fees charged by MasterCard on debit and credit card transactions, Sinclair acting in cartel actions against Visa relating to interchange fees and Ian Gatt QC representing Iiyama in damages proceedings relating to a cathode ray tube cartel. Marks and Spencer, Wm Morrison, Home Retail Group and B&Q are also clients. Martin Walsh made partner in 2018.

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