Since joining St Philips Kirsty White 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 fast track and multi-track trials. Kirsty is frequently led in more complex matters. 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.
Prior to joining St Philips Kirsty sat as an in-house barrister in the commercial litigation team of a Top 100 national firm. Kirsty’s in-house practice has been invaluable, providing her with first-hand experience of conducting litigation in a commercially minded manner, an approach she continues to take in private practice.
Kirsty has developed an excellent working knowledge of 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 and she is happy to advise clients in this regard.
Kirsty has extensive experience in high value claims with an international element. She was led by 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 been led by 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.
Outside of work Kirsty enjoys endurance events, having completed the London Classics in 2019 (London Marathon, Ride London and Swim Serpentine), fitting training around her workload. Kirsty enjoys trying to train her Cocker Spaniel, travel and when time permits enjoys watching sport, particularly rugby union and athletics.
Kirsty is instructed in a wide range of business disputes in the Business and Property Courts and has extensive experience in interlocutory hearings, and trials.
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Kirsty has a busy company and partnership law practice, both as sole counsel and as junior counsel to James Morgan QC and Avtar Khangure QC.
Kirsty regularly advises in relation to all aspects of shareholder disputes including section 994 claims (including the drafting of section 994 petitions), derivative claims and just and equitable winding up petitions. This work is invaluable to her insolvency and director’s disqualification work.
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Kirsty’s insolvency work has a particular focus on director’s duties and misfeasance claims, which compliments her company law practice.
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“Kirsty is academically bright and identifies the key issues in a matter quickly. She is also very friendly with clients and communicates well.” Legal 500 2024