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Kathryn Ford

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Kathryn represents clients in complex, high value and often business critical contentious matters. She handles the full range of commercial disputes including contract and tort, shareholder and partnership disputes, warranty and other corporate claims, and enforcement actions. Her practice also incorporates contract advisory work and company internal investigations.  Kathryn has extensive experience of conducting claims in the High Court and at appellate level. She has also represented clients in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and before the Pensions Ombudsman.  She is a solutions-focussed lawyer and works tirelessly to achieve her clients' preferred outcomes whether through litigation, arbitration, mediation, or negotiation.


Association of Pension Lawyers, Associate Member.


Merton College, Oxford - Jurisprudence, MA (Hons), First Class;
Nottingham Law School - Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Distinction.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Ford - DLA Piper UK LLP

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

Noted for its ‘incredible industry insight’, DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘unquestionably a top-tier firm’; the disputes practice is ‘easily one of the best in the region but can also hold its own on a national level against the London firms’. David Young leads the practice and is ‘an outstanding lawyer who compliments great intellect with exceptional judgment and has the vision to tell you how to win a case strategically and the raw talent to ensure the win’. Young’s recent highlights include acting for roughly 4000 members of IBM’s final salary pension plan in a case concerning IBM’s decision to close its final salary scheme. Paul Stone is also a key name to note; he recently represented Merseytravel in a challenge brought by Bombardier Transportation to a procurement contract initially awarded to Stadler and acted for Birmingham City Council in a dispute relating to a PFI contract. BBC, British Airways, Heineken, Nisa Retail and Shire Oak Quarries are also clients. Simon Kenyon is the key contact for technology disputes and senior associate Kathryn Ford is ‘very bright and always goes the extra mile to get things done’.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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