Since joining St Philips Kirsty has developed a broad and busy commercial and chancery practice across the Business and Property group’s areas of expertise. Kirsty appears regularly as sole counsel in the High Court and County Court on interlocutory matters and trials. Her growing reputation has also seen her establish a busy paper practice, and is repeatedly instructed by clients in advisory work and to settle proceedings in all aspects of commercial law.
Recent advisory and court work in this area includes:
- Defending a minority shareholder dispute, including a claim for breach of contract for failure to register a shareholding at Companies House
- Responding to an ex parte freezing order application in relation to a shareholder dispute and the removal of funds from the company
- Advising on a potentially fraudulent action relating to a life insurance policy of a shareholder
Kirsty is particularly interested in shareholder disputes, derivative actions, and breaches of director’s duties. Linked to director’s duties she also has an interest in restrictive covenants.
Prior to joining St Philips Kirsty sat as an in-house barrister in the commercial litigation team of a national firm. She developed a broad knowledge base advising clients on breach of contract claims, torts, shareholder disputes, and claims involving the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Kirsty believes her in-house practice has been invaluable, providing her with first-hand experience of conducting litigation in a commercially minded and approachable manner. She continues to take this approach to her practice.
During her time in-house Kirsty developed an excellent working knowledge on electronic disclosure, and the use of technology in litigation. She is well versed in the process of electronic disclosure, and the use of electronic trial bundles. She is happy to advise clients in this regard.
Further, Kirsty’s in-house practice has given her particular experience in high value claims with an international element. She recently worked closely with Ed Pepperall QC (now the Rt Hon. Mr Justice Pepperall) defending a complex $76 million breach of warranty claim for a US client in a 5 week trial in the TCC. She has also worked closely with James Morgan QC in a multi-million pound fraud matter, in which their client obtained a worldwide freezing order and passport delivery up order against an Afghan national.
Prior to commencing pupillage Kirsty worked as a paralegal in the employment department of a national law firm. She assisted on a multimillion pound whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, disability and race discrimination claim involving the NHS. She had a wide exposure to unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE claims. Kirsty also has experience of equal pay claims in both the Employment Tribunal and the County Court.
Kirsty has also worked as a HR Manager for a national company. She is CIPD qualified, and has practical experience and knowledge of investigation and disciplinary procedures. As a result she understands the commercial aspects of Employment law.
Kirsty has a particular interest in restrictive covenants and their enforceability. She has experience in assisting with obtaining injunctions in order to prevent the use of trade secrets and competing.
Kirsty accepts instructions from both claimants and respondents, to appear in tribunal, provide advice or draft case documents.
Kirsty assisted on a multimillion pound whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, disability and race discrimination claim involving the NHS. She had a wide exposure to unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE claims. Kirsty also has experience of equal pay claims in both the Employment Tribunal and the County Court.
Business and Property
- Acting for an international aerospace company in relation to a $75 million warranty claim, culminating in a 5 week trial at the Technology and Construction Court.
- Acting for an international security firm in relation to misappropriation of circa $10 million of company funds by one of the directors. Successfully assisted the client in obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction and passport order against the director.
- Acting for an providing advocacy for an airline company in relation to a consumer dispute with a passenger.
- Acting for a minority shareholder in an unfair prejudice claim, resulting in a settlement at mediation of circa £100,000.
- Acting for a local football club in relation to a dispute arising from the receipt of a grant.