Kate is an experienced commercial litigator who advises clients on complex and high value commercial disputes, including High Court litigation and arbitration. She helps her clients to navigate through challenging contentious issues to achieve the best possible outcome.
She works closely with her clients – businesses, institutions and private individuals – to provide clarity about the strength of their legal position and to devise a strategy which is focused on taking control and achieving their objectives. She establishes a strong rapport with her clients and is ranked as a leading commercial litigator in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Kate has particular expertise in corporate/shareholder and finance disputes.
Through her corporate litigation practice, Kate advises individuals, corporates and private equity firms on actual and potential claims relating to shareholder, investor and joint venture agreements; claims by minority shareholders for unfair prejudice; boardroom and partnership disputes; claims for breaches of directors’ duties and misfeasance; and disputes arising out of corporate acquisitions including breach of warranty, indemnification and earn-out issues.
Kate also has an active finance litigation practice, through which she advises individuals and financial institutions on mis-selling claims; claims arising out of breaches of contract, negligence and breaches of duty; recovery of secured and unsecured debt; and finance and intercreditor agreements.
She is a responsive, supportive and pro-active lawyer, who offers excellent legal analysis in combination with commercially sound strategic advice.
Kate qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and became a partner in 2009.
A client for whom she acted in a recent piece of High Court litigation says: "The litigation team headed by Kate Allass left no stone unturned. A deep sense of professionalism and an unequivocally ethical approach set the tone in a long and complex commercial case that often required detailed analysis. Their ability to adapt to changes and the ebb and flow of an arduous process with numerous legal twists highlighted a creativeness that was a feature of the entire team. Never losing sight of common sense, the advice was always measured and supported by a clarity of presentation that allowed the Board to continually assess its options in an informed manner”.
"She provides excellent commercial advice in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner." "She explained the litigation procedure and what was involved in very clear terms, which gave us comfort." "Totally unflappable and extremely good with clients." (Chambers UK 2021)
"Kate Allass has acted as a trusted advisor to our business for many years. Kate provides excellent commercial advice in an timely, efficient and cost-effective manner." (Legal 500 2021)
"Kate Allass – very switched on, superb tactical brain, firm with opponents while maintaining their respect." (Legal 500 2021)
"Kate Allass is extremely intelligent and astute." (Legal 500 2021)