Kate Robards

Kate Robards helps clients avoid disputes. If litigation is unavoidable, Kate seeks to resolve disputes quickly and commercially.

Kate has the benefit of 22 years' of experience of working for a range of clients in a variety of areas including:

  • Dealing with all aspects of general commercial dispute resolution matters, including breach of contract claims and shareholder disputes.
  • Investigating failed companies for the Secretary of State for the purposes of pursuing director disqualification proceedings.
  • Investigating bankruptcies on behalf of Official Receivers for the purposes of bankruptcy restriction applications.
  • Acting for Official Receivers in pursuing recoveries for insolvent estates.
  • Defending claims brought against directors by insolvency practitioners.
  • Making various Court applications on behalf of insolvency practitioners relating to the administrations of the insolvency processes and the recovery of funds into the companies' estates.
  • Obtaining various court orders, including company restoration orders, orders to reduce company share capitals and oversees judgment recognition orders.
  • Conducting anti-bribery and corruption ('ABC') risk assessments, drafting ABC policies and advising on ABC issues.

Highlights

  • Investigating a large-scale fraud which resulted in the disqualification of a failed company's directors for a combined period of 33 years.
  • Acting for a director in the defence of a £19 million wrongful trading claim.

Clients

The Insolvency Service, insolvency practitioners, company directors/shareholders and businesses across a range of sectors.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Principal Associate
    • Career
       2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Senior Associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      June 2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Senior Associate
  • 2004

    • Career
      October 2004
      Wragge & Co, Associate
  • 2000

    • Career
      October 2000
      Wragge & Co LLP, Solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2000
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1998

    • Career
      October 1998
      Racal plc, Trainee Solicitor
    • Education
      July 1998
      College of Law, Guildford (Commendation)
  • 1997

    • Education
      July 1997
      University of Kent, LLB (Hons) (2:1)

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