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Kate Longson

Call: 2013

Kate graduated from Bangor University in 2012 with a First Class degree in law. She was awarded the Hardwicke Entrance Award and Lord Denning Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn for the BPTC year.

Kate studied the BPTC at Manchester Law School and was graded Outstanding, receiving the Dean’s Excellence Award and Buchanan Prize for achieving the highest overall marks in her year.

Prior to commencing pupillage Kate undertook an internship as a legal advisor with the Ghana Legal Aid Scheme in Accra, Ghana.

Away from the Bar, Kate enjoys food and international travel, preferably together.  She has visited around 65 countries and speaks conversational Spanish.

Property & Real Estate

Kate represents clients in both the County Court and High Court on a range of matters, both at first instance and on appeal and has experience of a wide range of property claims involving both residential and commercial premises. She is also regularly instructed to advise and draft pleadings in such matters.

Cases

  • Successfully appearing at trial in a debt claim relating to a second mortgage where the debtor brought a counterclaim for misrepresentation in the sale of a Grade 2 listed house;
  • successfully representing a local authority sued in public/private nuisance for having Japanese Knotweed on its land;
  • appearing on behalf of the Respondent to an appeal brought by a Rent Act tenant against a case management decision in the course of a possession claim;
  • successfully applying for a stay of execution in the High Court in relation to the repossession of a farm where the Defendant sought to appeal the possession order;
  • successfully resisting an application for a stay of execution and permission to appeal in a mortgage repossession claim.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Kate has experience of a wide range of commercial matters including those involving breach of contract, contractual interpretation, misrepresentation and claims under the Late Payments of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. She acts for both Claimants and Defendants, at first instance and on appeal, and is regularly instructed to advise and draft pleadings.

Cases

  • Acted for the successful Appellant in an appeal brought on grounds of serious procedural irregularity following a final hearing in a debt claim;
  • acted for the Defendant in a claim for misrepresentation in the sale of a horse where the Claimant discontinued the claim after the first day;
  • successfully represented a large company sued under the LPCD(I)A 1998 for late payment of invoices over a 5 year period.

Costs & Litigation Funding

Kate appears at CCMC’s and detailed assessments on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

She is well versed in the costs arguments concerning the disapplication of QOCS, costs for unreasonable conduct and wasted costs against legal representatives.

She has also appeared at costs only hearings regarding the consequences of late acceptance of Part 36 offers in fixed costs cases and the disapplication of QOCS following strike out.

Disease

Industrial disease work forms a large part of Kate’s practice. She has particular experience of noise induced hearing loss claims on the Fast and Multi Tracks, both at first instance and on appeal. She regularly advises and drafts pleadings in such matters as well as appearing in Court on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

Kate also has experience of HAVS, WRULD and asbestos-related claims at interlocutory stage and is keen to develop her practice in these areas.

Housing

Kate is an experienced housing practitioner and regularly appears in the County Court on housing matters for both landlords (local authority and private) and tenants (including those who are in receipt of legal aid), from first possession hearing to trial. She acts both at first instance and on appeal and also deals with matters for which the Magistrates Court retains jurisdiction.

Kate has particular experience in dealing with cases involving Antisocial Behaviour, including possession claims brought on both mandatory and discretionary grounds, applications for anti-social behaviour Injunctions and committal hearings arising out of breaches of Injunctions.

Kate has also represented Claimants and Defendants in unlawful eviction claims.

As well as claims involving possession, Kate also regularly advises and represents both Claimants and Defendants in housing disrepair cases.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury work forms a large part of Kate’s practice and she represents Claimants and Defendants in cases on the Fast and Multi Tracks. She also enjoys a wide ranging paperwork practice and is regularly instructed to draft pleadings and advise on issues of liability, quantum and medical causation.

Kate regularly appears at trial in road traffic, employers’ and public liability, highways, occupiers’ liability, and defective premises matters. She also has experience of matters where there are allegations of fraud.

Kate is also regularly involved in cases arising out of negligent beauty treatment.

Kate has a particular interest in cases brought under the Animals’ Act. Having kept horses for over fifteen years, she is regularly asked to advise and draft pleadings in cases involving equestrian accidents.

Kate also has experience of claims brought to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and has acted for appellants in the CICA Tribunal in a range of matters including assault in the workplace, serious sexual assault and grievous bodily harm, in claims exceeding £250,000. She is able to advise both on paper and in conference on all issues of appeal including eligibility and quantum.

Motor

Kate is very experienced in dealing with claims arising out of road traffic accident. She represents both Claimants and Defendants on all three tracks. She is able to advise both on paper and in conference on liability, tactics, causation and quantum as well as draft pleadings and provide court representation.

Kate regularly appears at trials on both liability and quantum, including credit hire, repair of street furniture and damage to property as well as personal injury claims.

Kate has a particular interest in road traffic claims where there are allegations of fraud and/or fundamental dishonesty, particularly those involving phantom passengers, low velocity impacts and contrived accidents. She is regularly instructed to advise in conference in such cases and provide representation at trial.

Kate also has extensive experience in claims involving the Motor Insurers Bureau, brought pursuant to both the Untraced and Uninsured Drivers’ Agreements. She is regularly instructed to draft pleadings and advise on tactics and procedure in such cases, where strict adherence to the Scheme is essential.

Animals & Equine

Kate has a particular interest in cases brought under the Animals’ Act. She acts for both Claimants and Defendants and interim stage and trial in claims arising out of injuries caused by animals.

Having kept horses for over fifteen years, Kate is regularly asked to advise, draft pleadings and represent parties in commercial claims and personal injury claims involving horses. Her practical knowledge is of great assistance in assessing the merits of claims and allows for effective cross examination of witnesses.

Cases

  • Representing the Defendant in a claim for misrepresentation in the sale of a horse where the Claimant discontinued the claim after the first day;
  • acting for the Claimant in a claim following a train accident caused by cows straying onto the railway line;
  • acting for the Claimant in a claim arising out of a dog attack in the course of the Claimant’s volunteer work at a kennels.

Inquests

Kate has appeared for families, insurers and the CQC in inquests arising out of fatal road accidents and unexpected hospital deaths. She is very interested in coronial work and is keen to expand her practice in this area.

Credit Hire

Kate regularly appears for both Claimants and Defendants in credit hire matters on both the Small Claims Track and Fast Track. She is well versed with arguments regularly run in respect of rate, enforceability, impecuniosity, need and period of hire.

 

Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Education

  • LLB, Bangor University

For further information please contact our clerks on:

+44 (0) 115 947 2581

Location:

Postal address:
Ropewalk Chambers
24, The Ropewalk,
Nottingham, NG1 5EF.

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 947 2581

Fax: +44 (0) 115 947 6532

Document Exchange:
DX: 10060 Nottingham 17

Email: clerks@ropewalk.co.uk

Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm

Out of hours:
Tony Hill – 07850 086097
Alan Odiam – 07771 603929

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