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“Kate Vaughan-Neil is a highly sought-after barrister with a particular focus on professional negligence” (as demonstrated by her Legal 500 ranking within Tier 4), insurance and commercial litigation; appearing in substantial high court and arbitration matters as both sole and junior counsel.
Her professional negligence expertise covers most of the main professions with particular emphasis on those involving solicitors, architects and engineers, but also surveyors, barristers and financial advisers. Chambers & Partners has previously described Kate as “very considered; immediately seeing the potential counter-arguments and how they could affect the strategy”.
Kate’s insurance practice is varied and includes being retained by a major insurer in the latter part of 2019 to advise in relation to various matters; as well as being instructed in mid-2020 by the same insurer to review and advise upon a large number of business interruption policies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As regards her wider commercial experience, Kate has been engaged by two major retail banks in respect of two separate FCA Reviews, namely the review into mis-sold interest rate hedging products, where she advised on numerous consequential loss claims; and the review into one bank’s business support unit, where she was part of a panel determining appeals brought by customers against the bank’s determination of its claims under the review. She has also has experience of fraud claims, including acting for an Azerbaijani travel agency in a claim (settled just before trial) arising out of a failure to provide aircraft under a charter agreement.
Kate is also qualified to undertake Public Access work.
Kate has a broad and well-established professional negligence practice, which covers most of the main professions, with particular emphasis on those involving solicitors, architects and engineers, but also including surveyors, barristers and financial advisers. She is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2016 directory as “very considered; immediately seeing the potential counter-arguments and how they could affect the strategy.”
Acting for solicitors in a claim brought against three of the claimants’ former legal advisors (both solicitors and barristers) in respect of conduct by them (sequentially) of earlier proceedings against Barclays Bank.
Acting for solicitors in claim arising out of alleged negligent conduct of an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Acting for claimants in one or more potential claims against solicitors arising out of alleged negligent advice/conduct of litigation against the background of the sale of a tree surgery business.
Acting for solicitors in a growing number of claims arising out of alleged fraud/negligence in conveyancing transactions, including:
Acting for lender in claim against solicitors arising out of alleged negligence in reporting to the lender on title.
Acting in a claim against a barrister arising out of an intellectual property claim which the barrister had pursued to trial on the basis of an allegedly defective statement of case.
Acting for engineers in a claim arising out of alleged defecting design and installation of a glazing system at commercial premises in London.
Acting for engineers in a claim arising out of alleged negligent advice regarding remediation of a site for proposed development.
Acting for M&E engineers in claim arising out of sewage leak following completion of a commercial/residential development.
Acting for M & E engineers in claim arising out of alleged negligent design/installation of fire stopping at commercial premises damaged by fire.
Acting for architects in claim arising out of alleged negligent design regarding sound transmission in residential apartment block.
Acting for architects in claim arising out of alleged negligent design of dental practice.
Acting for individuals in claim against architect arising out of alleged defective design of extension.
Acting for developers in claim arising out of leak following completion of residential development.
Acting for contractor in claim arising out of alleged negligent construction of retirement home.
Acting for major construction company in claim against M&E sub-contractor arising out of water damage to a hospital operating theatre.
Acting for employer’s agent in claim arising out of the temporary halt to construction of substantial commercial premises in Nottingham by reason of the absence of planning permission. Particular point of interest in relation to question whether employer’s agent owes a duty of care to tendering contractor. Case was successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal.
Acting for and against financial advisers, principally in relation to alleged mis-selling of pensions.
Acting for financial advisers in a claim arising out of alleged negligent advice regarding a number of investments made by an off shore trust company and a private individual.
Kate has also acted in a number of negligent valuation cases against surveyors. These include not only cases in which substantive negligence claims have been pursued, but also recently a case in which she acted for the defendants successfully resisting a two day application to set aside an order extending time for service of a claim form.
Kate has extensive experience of a great variety of commercial disputes, including those involving allegations of fraud.
Acting for Azerbaijani travel agency in a claim arising out of a failure to provide aircraft under a charter agreement (in which fraud allegations were prominent).
Acting for adhesives manufacturer in sale of goods/misrepresentation claim.
Acting for commercial bailee in claim arising out of theft of a number of high value cars.
Acting for supplier of medical equipment in sale of goods claim.
Acting on behalf of insurers in subrogated claim arising out of the destruction by fire of a thatched cottage.
Advising major brewery as to its obligations under a lease.
Acting for double glazing company in claim arising out of costs of compulsory relocation due to the London Olympics.
Acting for engineering company in claim for monies alleged to be due under contract for supply and manufacture of steel.
Acting for manufacturer of generators in claim arising out of alleged defective cooling units.
Kate has considerable experience of employment disputes, including acting for employers in unfair/constructive dismissal claims brought in the employment tribunal, as well as acting for and against employers in claims brought in the High Court, both for bonuses/holiday pay and for alleged breach of restrictive covenants.
Acting for major retailer in relation to a series of unfair dismissal claims brought by former employees.
Acting for employees in relation to claims for injunctive relief arising out of alleged breach of restrictive covenants.
Acting for major company in relation to a claim for injunctive relief arising out of alleged breach of restrictive covenants by an outgoing employee.
Acting for individual in relation to a bonus claim against an investment bank.
Acting for individual in relation to a claim for bonus/holiday pay against a former employer.
Advising major company regarding redundancy/unfair dismissal implications of intended dismissal of employees.
Advising company as to meaning/implications of a restrictive covenant in contract of employment of one of its employees.
Advising major oil company as to enforceability of relocation clauses in a series of international employment contracts.
Kate’s practice in construction and engineering disputes encompasses claims relating to employers, contractors, architects, engineers and surveyors. Her experience includes litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, adjudication and mediation.
Acting for engineers in claim arising out of alleged defective construction of student accommodation blocks at an English university.
Acting for contractor in a claim arising out of subsidence occurring at a factory in South Wales during the course of land reclamation work being undertaking on adjoining land.
Acting for the contractor in claim arising out of destruction of claimant’s property by fire during the course of renovation works. Preliminary issue taken to the Court of Appeal regarding question whether contractor’s standard terms and conditions could successfully be relied upon as an exemption clause.
Acting for engineers in claim arising out of alleged defective design of air conditioning system at commercial premises in London.
Acting for individual in application for summary enforcement of an adjudication decision.
Advising major construction company regarding interrelationship between a series of individual employment contracts and the Construction Industry Joint Council Working Rule Agreement.
Kate also has experience in the following areas:
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