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Katherine Traynor

Call: 2019
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Practice Summary

Kate was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a tenant of Landmark Chambers in December 2021.

Kate has a strong practice encompassing property, costs litigation, insolvency and commercial litigation. She regularly appears in the County and High Court in relation to a whole range of matters from procedural hearings and interlocutory applications through to complex witness trials on the multi-track.

In addition to her Court experience, Kate also frequently accepts instructions to draft statements of case, applications and formal advice across her practice areas. Kate has experience in dealing with claims from start to finish and is happy to provide informal advice and guidance through the course of proceedings.

Beyond her year of call, Kate has also assisted on several high-value matters, including:

  • Providing advice in respect of Inheritance Tax on an estate valued at £1.3 million.
  • Providing advice in respect of early redemption fees in excess of £400,000.
  • Advising in respect of a Bridging Facility Agreement in the sum of £1.7 million and the impact on possession proceedings.

Kate also has an interest in tax and is currently undertaking her ATT and CTA exams.

Kate regularly goes above and beyond to assist those instructing her by offering webinars and seminars to ensure her knowledge is passed on.

Kate also offers a quick turnaround on paperwork and welcomes contact by email or phone.

Property

Kate’s advisory and Court work extends to cases involving collective enfranchisements, contracts for the disposition of land, property held on trust, boundary disputes and matters within the Land Tribunal.

Kate regularly acts on behalf of landlords in possession proceedings under the Housing Act 1988 and has also represented parties in boundary disputes and trespass cases.

In addition to her Court work, Kate is regularly instructed to draft pleadings in both a residential and commercial property law context; and provides formal advice regarding the same. Recent cases have involved:

  • Advising on the passing of benefit of a restrictive covenant, having regard to Section 78 and 79 of the Law of Property Act 1925, as well as the reasonableness of the user restriction and refusal of consent.
  • Advising on the validity of a Section 21 Counter-Notice under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
  • Advising several Leaseholders on the enforcement of covenants when the Freeholder has permitted a breach of the covenants by a side agreement.
  • Advising on and preparing applications for both interim and final injunctive relief.
  • Advising on damages for a claim in nuisance and the possibility of recovering negotiating damages in lieu of an injunction. Attending both fast-track and multi-track trials for claims regarding the disposition of land; TOLATA; and boundary disputes.

Costs

Kate’s experience of costs and litigation funding is beyond her year of call. Before coming to the Bar, Kate worked as a Costs Negotiator and Advisor for two national solicitors’ firms.

Kate has acted for both paying and receiving parties on matters arising from the full spectrum of civil litigation. Despite being the most junior member of the Costs Teams Kate was regularly recommended to assist senior partners and directors in high-value and technically complex matters, often replacing junior counsel. Notwithstanding her junior status, Kate has considerable experience in costs and litigation funding work. This includes undertaking arguments on points of law, detailed assessments, technical appeals and providing formal advice to insurers and funders.

Kate also has wide experience of applications for security for costs, fixed costs, disputes concerning conduct, non-party costs orders and wasted costs.

Kate’s technical capability, married with her practical advice and personable approach, allows her to deliver first-class service in all aspects of cost litigation. Further, having spent a considerable period in solicitor’s firms, Kate is well placed to understand the wider picture, along with the commercial needs of all aspects of costs and litigation funding.

Recent work Kate has undertaken includes:

  • Preparing Points of Dispute and advising on the assessment procedure pursuant to CPR Part 47.
  • Attending oral review and detailed assessment hearings.
  • Advising on the costs’ consequences of non-acceptance of Part 36 Offers.
  • Advising on and preparing witness evidence in respect of a show cause order.

Commercial litigation

Kate’s experience of commercial litigation is beyond her year of call.

Kate has a busy commercial practice and typically represents clients both in-person and remotely in the County Court and High Court. Kate represents clients in claims at all track levels and has experience in high value, multi-track claims.

Kate is regularly instructed to advise upon, draft and attend procedural applications, including applications for relief from sanctions; applications for injunctive relief; contempt of court applications; and applications to set aside default judgments. Kate also attends PTRs, ENEs, CMCs and CCMCs.

Kate is also well-versed in both corporate and personal insolvency, handling all manner of actions arising out of the Insolvency Act 1986. She principally appears on behalf of debtor companies, petitioning and supporting creditors. Most recently, Kate has assisted on matters arising out of the new coronavirus test’s applicability. Kate also regularly handles routine and contested applications on behalf of office-holders concerning their remuneration and distributions.

In addition to her Court experience, Kate’s drafting experience encompasses various areas of law, including breach of contract, tort, trusts, misrepresentation, banking and finance and construction and engineering work. Her practice also extends to advising and representing clients in wills matters.

Recent work Kate has undertaken includes:

  • Fast-track trials concerning the enforcement of trust documents, historic loan agreements, debt recovery and the enforceability of a construction contract.
  • Multi-track trials concerning boundary disputes and enforcement of trust documents.
  • Strike out/summary judgment applications, as well as relief from sanction applications.
  • Acting in applications for possession and sale.
  • Advising on and acting in applications to set aside statutory demands.
  • Applications in the Chancery Applications list.
  • Appearing in disputed debt hearings for both winding-up and bankruptcy petitions.
  • Advising a debtor subject to an IVA as to its consequences for ongoing proceedings.
  • Advising on and drafting applications pursuant to Section 130 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Kate also has an interest in tax and is currently undertaking her ATT and CTA exams, with a view to developing her practice in this area further. Kate has provided advice regarding the Inheritance Tax and treatment of pensions for an estate worth in excess of £1.3 million.

Memberships

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Northern Chancery Bar Association
Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
Association of Business Recovery (R3)
The Property Bar Association
The Chancery Bar Association
Association of Tax Technicians (Student Member)
Chartered Institute of Taxation (Student Member)

Education

Bar Professional Training Court (Very Competent) – BPP University

Postgraduate degree, with a focus on International and Commercial Law (Distinction) – The University of Liverpool

Undergraduate degree, LLB, (First Class) – Edge Hill University

Currently undertaking the ATT and CTA pathway

Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

Advocacy Scholarship – BPP University (2018)

Scholarship for ATT provided on an exceptional basis by the head of the BPTC and Dean of the Law School, the first of its kind.

Oxford University Press Law Prize (2nd on LLB (2016))

Outstanding Law Graduate (2017)

Visualising Success Candidate (Edge Hill University)

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