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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:

  • Advising a solicitors firm in respect of Covid-19 business interruption insurance.
  • Acting, led by Daniel Crowley, in a complex, multi-party professional negligence dispute.
  • Advising a foreign hospital in respect of a jurisdiction challenge in the High Court.
  • Assisting Andrew Miller QC in a US$100m insurance arbitration arising out of a natural disaster.
  • Acting for the claimant, a teaching assistant, in a claim for constructive dismissal and victimisation on trade union grounds.
  • Advising a claimant in respect of the settlement of their claim for unfair dismissal.
  • Led by Rehana Azib in complex and sensitive litigation arising out of professional regulatory proceedings.

Kate is a member of the Attorney General’s ‘Junior Junior’ scheme and was instructed 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.

Current and recent highlights include:

 

TH v MDL: Advising a claimant in respect of the settlement of their claim for unfair dismissal (redundancy).

SR v A School: Acting for the claimant, a teaching assistant, in a claim for constructive dismissal and victimisation on trade union grounds.

MK v SG: 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.

Kate is also 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.

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.

While she was judicial assistant to Lord Justice Hamblen in the Court of Appeal, Kate worked on the case of Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton [2019] EWCA Civ 40. This was subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court, [2021] UKSC 20, and is now one of the leading case on the scope of a defendant’s duty of care.

Insurance

Kate has acted and advised in a range of insurance disputes, including in relation to Covid-19 business interruption insurance.

Other recent highlights include:

 

Smith v Zurich: Acting for the insurer in ongoing proceedings 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.

Working alongside Andrew Miller QC on a US$100m insurance arbitration arising out of a natural disaster.

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 US$100m insurance arbitration arising out of a natural disaster.

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.

Other recent highlights include:

 

GC v Arleta and Anr: Advising a foreign hospital in respect of a jurisdiction challenge in the High Court in a clinical negligence claim.

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 and Travel Law

Kate has a busy travel practice and regularly appears in cases where jurisdiction and foreign law are in issue. She has particular experience in advising in respect of Rome II.

Particular highlights include:

 

Advising a foreign hospital in respect of a jurisdiction challenge in the High Court in a clinical negligence claim.

Advising in relation to the domestic effects of foreign judgments.

Advising in respect of the scope of the Montreal Convention in relation to a personal injury claim in an airport.

Working alongside Andrew Miller QC on a US$100m insurance arbitration governed by 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 regularly acts for insurers in subrogated claims, including those involving subsidence, dry rot, flood and fire damage, as well as construction and insurance disputes. Kate also has particular experience of 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 is particularly interested in personal injury in the travel context, as well as the cross-over between personal injury and employment, and claims in respect of workplace stress.

She has drafted pleadings and assisted in negotiating and advising in a number of high value, multi-party claims. She was recently involved, led by Rehana Azib, in complex and sensitive litigation arising out of professional regulatory proceedings.


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