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Kate Legh

Call 2018

klegh@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

Overview

Kate practises across all of Chambers’ specialisms, with a focus on employment, professional negligence, insurance and commercial disputes. Kate has a particular interest in cases involving issues of jurisdiction and conflicts of law.

 

Current and recent highlights include:

  • Acting, led by Daniel Crowley, in a complex, multi-party professional negligence dispute.
  • Acting for an overseas hospital in a dispute involving issues of jurisdiction and applicable law.
  • Acting for the claimant, a teaching assistant, in a claim for constructive dismissal and victimisation on trade union grounds.
  • Acting for an insurer in a claim for the recovery of damages arising out of contractors’ breach of contract leading to substantial property damage.
  • Acting for Network Rail in various claims involving the encroachment of Japanese Knotweed onto residential properties.
  • Led by Rehana Azib in complex and sensitive litigation arising out of professional regulatory proceedings.
  • Acting jointly for two NHS Trusts in a claim for an alleged delay and failure to treat a subarachnoid haemorrhage and stroke.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in a claim brought by an inmate detained in a secure psychiatric unit.
  • Acted as a junior junior in the Brook House Public Inquiry.

In 2018-19, Kate was judicial assistant to Lord Justice Hamblen in the Court of Appeal, where she worked on cases including Merricks v Mastercard [2019] EWCA Civ 674 and Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton [2019] EWCA Civ 40.

Before joining Chambers, Kate graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in History. She then taught History at GCSE and A Level in an Academy in South Croydon on the Teach First programme.

Employment

Kate has experience in a wide range of employment cases, including those involving bullying, harassment, redundancy, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. Kate accepts instructions across the full spectrum of employment work and acts for both claimants and respondents.

Kate is particularly interested in the overlap between personal injury and employment and recently assisted in advising an employer in a claim brought in respect of workplace stress, led by Rehana Azib.

 

Current and recent highlights include:

 

  • SR v A School: Acting for the claimant, a teaching assistant, in a claim for constructive dismissal and victimisation on trade union grounds.
  • Kobielnik v Shorts Group: Acting for the respondent employer in a claim for unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment.
  • DM v NHS England: Led by Rehana Azib, for the respondent in a claim for unfair dismissal and discrimination.
  • B v M: Acted for the respondent employer in a claim for unlawful deduction of earnings.
Commercial

Kate accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ commercial work. She has particular experience in the fields of contractual disputes, insurance and property damage. She was recently instructed on behalf of the claimant in a breach of contract dispute raising issues of bailment.

Kate recently worked alongside Andrew Miller QC on a multi-million dollar insurance arbitration arising out of a natural disaster which raised issues of foreign law.

Insurance

Kate has acted and advised in a range of insurance disputes. She recently worked alongside Andrew Miller QC on a multi-million dollar insurance arbitration arising out of a natural disaster which raised issues of foreign law.

Current and recent highlights include:

 

  • Smith v Zurich: Acting for the insurer in a coverage dispute relating to lost or stolen goods.
  • L v H: Acting for the insurer in a claim for the recovery of damages arising out of contractors’ breach of contract leading to substantial property damage when the drainage system in a large residential building was damaged.
  • B v K: Acting for the insurer in a claim arising out of breach of a contract to transport heavy goods machinery.
  • W v KBC: Acting for the insurer in a claim for a security contractor’s negligence.
  • IC v SAD: Acting for the insurer in a claim arising out of extensive fire damage to residential properties.
Clinical Negligence

Kate acts in a wide range of clinical negligence claims, including those in respect of delayed diagnosis, mis-diagnosis, experimental treatment and cosmetic surgery. Kate acts for both claimants and defendants.

Kate is currently working on cases involving aortic valve replacement surgery; the diagnosis of a septate uterus; and the traumatic delivery of a baby carried by a surrogate mother.

Current and recent highlights include:

 

  • GC v Arleta and Anr: Acting for an overseas hospital in a dispute raising issues of jurisdiction and applicable law.
  • JD v EKH: Acting for the claimant in a claim arising out of the failure to diagnose and treat cholesteatoma, resulting in long term loss of hearing.
  • LM v Welsh Ambulance Service NHR Trust and Ors: Acting for two of the defendant Trusts in a claim for failure to treat a subarachnoid haemorrhage and stroke.
  • MA v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for the defendant Trust in a claim brought by an inmate detained in a secure psychiatric unit.
  • GL v Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for the defendant Trust in a claim concerning allegedly negligent cataract surgery.
Private International Law

Kate has worked on a number of cases involving issues of private international law. Particular highlights include assisting in advising in relation to Rome II and the domestic effects of foreign judgments; and determining the scope of the Montreal Convention in relation to a personal injury claim in an airport.

Kate recently acted for a foreign hospital in respect of a clinical negligence claim raising issues of jurisdiction and choice of law.

She also recently worked alongside Andrew Miller QC on a multi-million dollar insurance arbitration arising out of a natural disaster which raised issues of foreign law.

Property Damage

Kate has experience of a wide range of property damage and construction work. She is currently instructed in a complex professional negligence dispute involving the construction of a new-build property, led by Daniel Crowley.

Kate has assisted in drafting, advising and negotiating in cases involving subsidence, dry rot, flood and fire damage, as well as construction and insurance disputes. Kate is also regularly instructed in disputes involving Japanese Knotweed.

Kate recently assisted in a large multi-party claim in respect of the disruption of fibreoptic internet cables by long-term building works.

Personal Injury

Kate has experience of a wide range of personal injury work. She has drafted pleadings and assisted in negotiating and advising in a number of high value, multi-party claims. She is particularly interested in personal injury in the employment context and claims in respect of workplace stress. She was recently involved, led by Rehana Azib, in complex and sensitive litigation arising out of professional regulatory proceedings.

Professional Negligence

Kate acts for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence matters. She is currently instructed in a complex professional negligence dispute involving the construction of a new-build property, led by Daniel Crowley.