Hamlins LLP

Kate Andrews

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Practice Areas

Partner, property litigation department. Kate’s main areas of practice are landlord and tenant disputes, as well as contractual and development disputes, specific-performance claims, injunctions, rights to light, insolvency issues, Party Wall Act disputes and the redevelopment of business premises. Kate also advises on dilapidations, service charges disputes, applications for consent, rent reviews and other landlord and tenant issues. Kate acts on high profile real estate disputes for clients including high net worth individuals, property funds and developers. She is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution and has been able to settle a number of complex legal dispute at mediation or by without prejudice discussions. Clients describe Kate as an extremely talented property litigator, who goes the extra mile for her clients, finding a solution to every problem.

Career

Nabarro LLP 2001-08. HBJ-GW 2008-2010. Browne Jacobson partner 2010-13. Hamlins partner 2014.

Professional Memberships

Kate is the Vice-President of the Property Litigation Association Education Committee. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Property Litigation for Lexis Nexis and the expert litigator for Lexis Nexis Q&A.

Publications

Kate provides commentary on a regular basis for the Law Society Property Section.

Work Highlights

Defending a client in relation to 58 business rates mitigation schemes. (Trafford Borough Council –v- Lunar Stretford SARL) in the Trafford Magistrates Court

Acted for a client to obtain a declaration as to the interpretation of an alienation covenant in the High Court and Court of Appeal. (Lunar Retail SARL v Warborough Investments Limited)

Acted for a client to obtain specific performance of a sale and purchase agreement in the High Court. (Charlton Walsall v Mohstart)

Acted for a client in the High Court and Court of Appeal (PGF II SA –v- OMFS Company 1 Limited) in relation to the unreasonable refusal to mediate by an opponent.

Acted for a client in the High Court defending proceedings as to who owns part of the river Thames. (which involved the Court acknowledging ancient mooring rights in the River Thames) (Port of London Authority –v- Tower Bridge Yacht and Boat Company Limited)

Instructed in the widely publicised case in the High Court seeking to ensure that a prestigious listed building at Cavell House Trafalgar Square was not taken over by the “Occupy London” movement on Christmas Eve. (Greencap Limited –v- persons unknown)