Kate Allass

Partner

Kate has a varied litigation and arbitration practice, acting for corporations, institutions and individuals.  Her practice encompasses:

  • the handling of high value commercial disputes, both in the High Court and through arbitration.  Often Kate becomes involved at the pre-action stage, providing strategic advice to ensure that her clients are in the best possible position in the event that they need to advance, or respond to, a claim for breach of contract or negligence.  She also supports clients through informal dispute resolution processes and in the negotiation of exit strategies;
  • civil fraud: Kate has advised in relation to claims for fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of duty by directors and co-contractors, many of which have involved freezing injunctions, search orders, and international parties;
  • advising on disputes in an insolvency context against former directors in relation to historic transactions, wrongful and/or fraudulent trading, and breaches of duty;
  • dealing with significant High Court employment disputes involving claims by senior executives for compensation following alleged wrongful termination, and injunctions to prevent large scale team moves and the use of confidential information; and
  • acting for trustees in ultra-high value contentious trust claims in various jurisdictions; and
  • representing Higher Education institutions and schools in relation to their disputes with students.
  • advising sports organisations on contentious issues, including selection and disciplinary matters and their disputes with commercial partners.

Who we help

Kate helps National Governing Bodies and other sports organisations to navigate their way through difficult disputes.  She regularly advises on selection and disciplinary issues, including drafting/reviewing selection and disciplinary policy documents.  Her background as a litigator means that she can also her her sports clients to deal with commercial disputes, for example with sponsors, joint venture partners, professional advisers and suppliers.  Kate spent 6 months on secondment with the British Olympic Association in 2011 as its interim Director of Legal.

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Kate Allass

Contact details

Tel:  +44 (0)20 3375 7000
Fax: +44 (0)20 3375 7001
Email:  
kate.allass@farrer.co.uk
Secretary: 
pauline.mellon@farrer.co.uk

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Accreditations

Career

Kate has been a partner in the Disputes Team since May 2009, after training at Farrer & Co then qualifying as a solicitor in September 2001.

Education

University College London, BSc in Psychology; CPE and LPC, College of Law, London.