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Kate Gardiner

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2022

Kate is developing a broad practice across all of Chambers’ main areas, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, group actions, product liability, insurance, and financial services.

Kate’s recent cases include appearing in the Court of Appeal in an appeal against a planning decision (led by Patrick Green KC), and instructions in a sports regulatory dispute (led by Adam Heppinstall KC).

Before joining Chambers, Kate completed pupillage at a leading commercial set, where she gained experience in commercial litigation, professional negligence, construction, and insurance. She also worked on public law cases including advising government departments. Kate was a Lord Denning and Lord Brougham scholar, and prior to her legal studies Kate undertook an internship at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


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Expertise


Commercial

Kate has significant experience of major commercial litigation, and has a particular interest in disputes related to energy, commodities, construction, sports, and technology.

Examples of Kate’s current and recent work include:

  • Acting as sole counsel in contractual disputes in both interlocutory and final hearings, including on behalf of a Big Six energy supplier;
  • Varied research on two high profile claims under s90A of FSMA (including one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2024) (as a pupil);
  • Drafting Particulars of Claim for a claim worth £60 million arising from the commercial development of an African gas field (as a pupil);
  • Drafting a skeleton argument in relation to a commercial dispute over a $30 million debt (as a pupil);
  • Advice in a dispute worth £15 million arising from PPE procurement (as a pupil);
  • Advice and skeleton arguments in a multi-million-pound dispute relating to a joint venture agreement in an African gold mine (as a pupil); and
  • Advice on breach of contract and fiduciary duty relating to football player ownership (as a pupil).

Group Actions

As a pupil, Kate gained experience in various group actions, including:

  • A large-scale environmental nuisance claim;
  • The second wave of the NOx emissions cases;
  • A financial mis-selling group action (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2024);
  • A proposed group action arising from a terrorist attack; and
  • Two group action claims under s90A of FSMA.

Public and Environmental Law

Kate has growing experience in public law. Examples of her recent work include:

  • Acting for the claimant/appellant in an appeal against a planning decision in the Court of Appeal (led by Patrick Green KC) (Wathen-Fayed v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities [2024] EWCA Civ 507).
  • Research on multiple matters before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (as a pupil);
  • Varied advice for government departments, ranging from disputes concerning PPE procurement to professional negligence (as a pupil); and
  • Research for a four-day inquest into the death of a British citizen overseas (as a pupil).

Kate has a particular interest in environmental law, having studied Geography at university. During pupillage she worked on a large-scale environmental nuisance claim, and the second wave of the NOx emissions cases.

Representative cases

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  • Wathen-Fayed v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities [2024] EWCA Civ 507

Insurance

Kate has significant experience in relation to insurance disputes and is well-positioned to advise in such cases. Examples of her recent work include:

  • Advice on limitation in a claim against insurers arising from a terrorist attack (as a pupil);
  • Advice on aggregation in a business interruption claim under a composite policy, in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd [2021] UKSC 1 (as a pupil);
  • Advice on coverage disputes, including instances of property damage (as a pupil);
  • Advice on notification disputes, including drafting declinature letters (as a pupil);
  • Advice on whether a hotel company’s damage waiver constituted an unregulated insurance policy (as a pupil); and
  • Advice on a complex insurance sub-broker’s negligence dispute (as a pupil).

Company, Insolvency and Bankruptcy

Kate is developing a practice in banking and insolvency, most recently acting to resist a bankruptcy order in the amount of £1.2 million.

During pupillage, Kate gained experience in claims under the Insolvency Act 1986, directors’ duties, and derivative claims. She also drafted written submissions on behalf of a Respondent for proceedings before the Takeover Panel Hearings Committee.

Consumer Finance

Kate has experience of consumer finance disputes of all kinds, including PPI, solar panels, and motor finance.

Professional Negligence and Professional Discipline

Kate has significant experience in matters of professional negligence and is developing experience in regulatory disputes. Examples of her recent work include:

  • Current instructions in a regulatory dispute involving a national sports authority (led by Adam Heppinstall KC);
  • Written submissions on behalf of a Respondent for proceedings before the Takeover Panel Hearings Committee (as a pupil);
  • Advice and pleadings in varied cases of solicitors’ negligence in the context of conveyancing (including large-scale commercial property), judicial review, and divorce (as a pupil);
  • Advice and pleadings in varied cases involving construction and architecture. Kate is well placed to advice on construction matters; and
  • Advice and pleadings in varied cases against accountants and financial advisors.

 

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Memberships
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Education

Education

  • BVS, City University – Distinction
  • GDL, City University – Distinction
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford (Hertford College) – First Class (2nd in year)

Scholarships and Prizes

  • 1st Place – Littleton Chambers Sports Law Essay Prize 2023
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Gibbs Prize (proxime accessit) for Geography, University of Oxford
  • Highly commended in the Royal Geographical Society DARG Dissertation Prize (top three dissertations in country)
  • Hertford College Final Honour School Prize
  • Hertford College Academic Scholarship
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