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Kathleen Donnelly

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 4 departments
Ranked in : Group Litigation , Employment , Environment , Health & Safety
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Kathleen Donnelly
Kathleen Donnelly is a hugely able barrister who is entrusted with leading roles in major group litigation. She has been instructed in numerous high-profile group claims spanning consumer, employment and environmental law.
Strengths: "No one works harder than her; she gets into a brain-boiling level of detail but can synthesise it in a way that allows you to keep up."
Recent work: Acted for Volkswagen in the Emissions Group Litigation.
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Employment - London (Bar)

Band 4

Kathleen Donnelly
Kathleen Donnelly is a talented employment barrister with expertise in restrictive covenant matters, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. Her practice also covers remuneration and employee benefit cases.
Strengths: "She knows every single detail about every single element of a claim and she is good on her feet." "She is fantastic, she is really bright, she is commercial and she has great strategic acumen."
Recent work: Acted for Louis Scott in a claim against Factset, successfully demonstrating through cross-examination of the company's director that Mr Scott's dismissal, and the company's dismissal process in general, were unfair and dishonestly conceived.
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Environment - London (Bar)

Band 3

Kathleen Donnelly
Instructed in a broad range of environmental prosecutions and claims. She acts in high-profile litigation relating to emissions.
Strengths: "She is exceptionally bright and always well prepared. She is a delight to work with and an asset to any team." "She is an impressively persuasive advocate whose 'let’s cut to the chase' style belies her immaculate preparation and work ethic."
Recent work: Continued to act on behalf of Volkswagen companies in relation to claims arising from vehicle emissions testing.
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Health & Safety - London (Bar)

Band 3

Kathleen Donnelly
Kathleen Donnelly is a respected health and safety barrister with notable experience representing companies in prosecutions and various regulatory matters stemming from incidents leading to death or serious injury. She has also acted for local authorities in sensitive health and safety-related inquests.
Strengths: "She is extremely dedicated, hard-working and very focused. She is also adept at getting to grips with the heart of the issues." "Has absolute attention to detail and is smart and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Sager Construction in proceedings following an accident at the former North London Mail Centre.
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Practice Areas

Kathleen practices in Commercial, Health Safety & Environment and Employment law, increasingly in cases managed as large group actions. Her high profile cases include the Volkswagen Emissions litigation, the Post Office group action, the Stirling Mortimer fraud litigation, the OCENSA pipeline group action, bonus pay claims against Sports Direct, and a wide range of work involving economic torts, contempt claims, legitimate expectations, restrictive covenants and discrimination claims.

Career

BA Jurisprudence (Oxon), LLM Commercial and International Law (Cantab). Hardwicke Award (Lincoln's Inn), Buchanan Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn). Called to the Bar 2005.

Professional Memberships

Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR), Health and Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA), Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).

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Kathleen Donnelly

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