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Katie Lee
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Katie has a busy practice and has particular expertise in construction, telecommunications, engineering, energy and technology-related law. She has a wealth of experience as sole counsel as well as with led work. She is known for her cross examination, trial work, attention to detail and commercial awareness.

Katie is regularly instructed as sole counsel to act and advise in relation to both High Court and County Court disputes, her most recent multi-track cases involving a three day trial in the Nottingham TCC as sole counsel which included the cross examination of an expert witness, and a case currently in the High Court (Bristol TCC). She is also currently being led on multi-million pound High Court dispute and a high value flooring claim.  She is well-regarded as a hard-working and reliable junior.

Katie is currently a co-editor of the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland and regularly writes articles and case updates.  She has been published a number of times in the Construction Law Journal (2017) and the Construction and Engineering Law Journal of Ireland. Katie was a contributing editor to the first supplement to the text ‘Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts’ (Burr 2016), and regularly contributes to the Practical Law Construction Blog.  She also sits on the TCC User’s Group chaired by Mr Justice Coulson.

Construction Litigation

Katie is we has considerable experience of construction disputes and is familiar with the major standard forms (JCT, NEC3, FIDIC etc).

 

Recent cases

  • Instructed to advise, draft proceedings and appear in the costs and case management conference for a High Court claim in relation to defective PVC roofing.
  • Instructed to represent a building contractor in a 3-day multi-track trial in the TCC concerning alleged building defects.
  • Instructed to appear in a three day trial in the TCC concerning agricultural fixtures and land drainage.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to advise a property developer on a defence to a claim worth £1.1m.
  • Instructed to advise on a claim in relation to asbestos.
  • Assisting with pleadings and advising on an arbitration concerning defective screeding.
  • Instructed to act and advise in an appeal under the Party Wall Act.
  • Advising in relation to an NEC3 contract.
  • Advising in relation to a Developer’s agreement and contractual warranties.

Adjudication

Katie regularly acts as sole counsel in a number of adjudications, including for the responding and
referring parties.

She has dealt with various high value adjudications, with complex issues including jurisdictional 
challenges, final account disputes, delay, costs, disputes over payment notices, insolvency issues, and enforcement. Her most recent adjudication concerned a multi-million pound dispute on a high value residential development in west London.

Energy & Renewables

Katie has a particular interest in disputes involving energy/utility companies.

Recent cases

  • Advising a solar energy company on the termination of a wind energy lease agreement.
  • Advising an employer in respect of a defective bio-mass boiler installation.
  • Advising a company in relation to a long-term contract to provide energy to the grid and 
receipt of payments for the same.
  • Acting for a company specialising in the installation of solar panels in 
relation to loss of profits and return of installation.

Regularly acting for a leading energy company in relation to their consumer gas and electricity supply.

Property Damage

Katie regularly deals with property damage cases, and has experience with drafting Scott Schedules and expert’s letters of instruction.

  • Instructed to appear in a three day TCC trial concerning roofing and other building defects.
  • Intructed to provide advice liability for subsidence to a residential property.
  • Instructed to advise in relation to a defectively built extension on a high value residential property.
  • Instructed to appear in a fast-track trial concerning defective tanking to a basement.
  • Instructed to advise in relation to the coverage of an NHBC Buildmark policy.

Commercial Arbitration

Katie has expertise in respect of international arbitration including in the ICC and LCIA.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Advising as sole counsel on the appropriate procedure and merits in respect of an application disputing the English High Court’s jurisdiction in proceedings concerning a US company and US based dispute.
  • Advising on the requirements for service under the Hague Service Convention and the EU Service Regulation.
  • Advising on the validity of an arbitration clause within the jurisdiction.

Commercial Litigation

Katie deals with a wide variety of commercial claims including applications in relation to service out of the jurisdiction and conflicts of laws, as well as applications opposing jurisdiction of the English courts.

She also has particular expertise in dealing with energy and utility disputes (see her Energy & Renewables tab).

  • Instructed as to advise in relation to a multi-million pound claim concerning unpaid agency fees.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to draft proceedings for a High Court claim involving the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation etc) Regulations 2013.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to act for a company in the High Court against a substantively disputed winding up petition and also on an application for leave to appeal the same.
  • Instructed as sole counsel in a one-day fast-track trial in a case concerning an alleged breach of a property management contract.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to draft proceedings for malicious prosecution for a wrongfully brought winding up petition.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to draft High Court proceedings concerning a defective Aston Martin.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to advise and to act for the leading international specialist in a well known brand of classic car.

Construction Professionals

Katie’s construction work has led her into dealing with professional negligence claims against various construction professionals such as surveyors and architects.

Recent work

  • Instructed in a multi-party High Court dispute concerning the installation of solar panels.
  • Instructed in a multi-party High Court dispute concerning defective flooring.
  • Instructed in relation to a dispute concerning a claim against a firm of project managers and a firm of architects in relation to a high value residential property.
  • Instructed in relation to a claim concerning an engineer’s negligent calculations.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to advise on a disputed party wall award and surveyor’s negligence.
  • Instructed as sole counsel to advise on and draft a defence to a claim for an architect’s professional negligence.

Professional associations

  • Co-Editor of the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland
  • Contributing editor to 1st supplement to ‘Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts 
(Burr, 2016)
  • Society of Construction Law
  • TECBAR
  • TCC User Group Committee (chaired by Mr Justice Coulson)

Publications

  • Co-editor of the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland
  • Contributing editor to the first supplement to the text ‘Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts’ (Burr 2016)
  • Contributor to Construction Professional indemnity Insurance, published by Sweet and Maxwell in 2018.
  • Contributor to the Practical Law Construction Blog and Lexology.

Qualifications

  • LLB Law (Hons), University of Bristol (Ranked 1st in year for jurisprudence, contract & tort)
  • LLM Commercial Law, University of Bristol (Ranked 1st in year) with Distinction
  • BPTC, BPP Law School (Ranked 1st in year for Cross Examination and Ethics)

Katie is also on TECBAR’s panel of accredited adjudicators.

 

 

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