Katie specialises in contested wills, disputed estates and the removal and substitution of executors.  Katie also advises on professional negligence claims particularly in relation to the drafting of wills and the administration of estates.  With her agricultural background, Katie also takes a keen interest in disputes with an agricultural aspect.

She advises on claims concerning the validity of wills, disputed estates, the rectification of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and the removal and replacement of executors.

She also advises individuals and companies on professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors and valuers.

Katie also deals with disputes which arise within an agricultural setting and takes a keen interest in agricultural proprietary estoppel claims.

    Experience

    • Recently dealt with two proprietary estoppel claims of note, both of which involved a farm belonging to the Deceased. The competing claims of the non-farming and farming members of the families had to be balanced and both claims settled out of Court. The claims required us to be creative in our thinking when trying to achieve a settlement, which is only possible with our agricultural sector knowledge and a proper  understanding of how things work ‘on the ground’.”

    • Successfully secured the removal of an executor and obtained a costs order imposing a personal costs liability against the removed executor.

    • Having advanced a case that a will had been negligently drafted by a firm of solicitors, Katie successfully negotiated a Deed of Variation with two well-known national charities so as to re-direct the entire Residuary Estate to her client.

    • Katie has recently settled a professional negligence case against a firm of solicitors which resulted in the client receiving damages from the opponent.

    Reported Cases

    Assisted on:

    • Montgomery v Brown [2011] EWHC 875 (QB)

    • Morris v Davies & 4 others [2011] EWHC 1773 (Ch)

    • Wharton v Bancroft & Others [2011] EWHC 3250 (Ch)

    Career

    Katie graduated from Coventry University with LLB (honours) and studied her LPC at the College of Law, Birmingham. Katie trained with WH and qualified into the litigation department in March 2011.

    Memberships

    Member of the Agricultural Law Association, the UK’s largest inter-professional organisation devoted to the law and business of the countryside. 

    Interests

    In her spare time Katie enjoys weekend visits to her Dad's working farm and is a keen baker and cake decorator.