“The team at Signature is highly talented, experienced and dedicated.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation is described as a “quality team at every level“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Extremely bright and dedicated team. A willingness to go the extra mile and find a solution to whatever problem comes along however simple or complex.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation has “‘the agility to deal with matters of all kinds’ and has particular experience in multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes.”

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“I am confident that they would always deliver a peerless service to the client, whoever that may be.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of oligarchs and other high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

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Biography

Kate has over ten years’ experience acting in complex, high value, cross border disputes, including civil fraud and asset tracing claims, general commercial litigation and banking litigation.

Kate has advised on all stages of litigation, from pre-action through to fully contested trials and enforcement matters. She also has experience of a wide range of interim applications, including applications for summary judgment, stays and adjournments, specific and third-party disclosure, security for costs, freezing injunctions, committal for contempt of court and applications for cross-examination on evidence.

In 2018, Kate co-founded ACROSS Fraud, a network for fraud lawyers in London and worldwide and in 2014 she was identified as a ‘Rising Star’ for Commercial Litigation by Thomas Reuters’ Super Lawyers. Kate is a member of the Fraud Lawyers’ Association, the International Association of Young Lawyers and the ThoughtLeaders4FIRE community.

Kate trained and qualified at Allen & Overy and completed a client secondment to the litigation team at Barclays Bank. Kate obtained her Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Advocacy) in 2010.

Experience

  • Acted for four defendant banks in an €800m claim in the English Commercial Court which alleged EURIBOR manipulation in relation to swaps between the claimant and the banks. The swaps were entered into in connection with a loan to the claimant to finance the purchase of an entity’s global headquarters [Marme Inversiones v Natwest Markets plc & Others ([2019] EWHC 366 (Comm))].
  • Represented a major international hedge fund in civil and criminal proceedings, a judicial review, and two Court of Appeal hearings, all in relation to the theft of highly valuable confidential information and trading algorithms by a former employee. Proceedings were brought (i) in the High Courts in England and Hong Kong for damages and injunctive relief, (ii) by way of a private prosecution in England against the Defendant, and (ii) for contempt of court In England, which resulted in a further term of imprisonment for the Defendant [Corbiere Limited and others -v- Ke Xu Claim No. HC-2014-001924].
  • Acted for the Claimant in a USD$300m fraud claim against an international manufacturer’s former shareholder and CEO and former CFO.
  • Acted for the Agent Bank to successfully oppose a Part 8 claim and subsequent appeal brought by a “Class X” noteholder for a declaration that default interest should be included in the calculation of interest on the Class X Notes [Credit Suisse Asset Management LLC v Cornerstone Titan 2006-1 PLC and Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1293].
  • Acted for an international bank, defending a claim seeking payment under the terms of an on-demand guarantee where making payment would be contrary to the terms of a PRC court order [Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor BV v Bank of China Ltd [2015] EWHC 999 (Comm)].
  • Acted for the estate of an Iraqi businessman being sued in the High Court in fraud proceedings in respect of a multibillion-pound telecoms venture in Iraq, involving allegations of a breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation [Merchantbridge & Co Ltd and others -v- The Estate of Basil Al- Rahim and others (Cayman Islands)].
  • Advised two former directors of a UK company in respect of an alleged multimillion-pound fraud relating to a multinational oil and gas company.
  • Advised on a number of post-takeover litigation and contentious regulatory matters for a global inter-dealer broker.

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