Kathy J Garside Legal Director

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1995 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Kathy J Garside

Kathy Garside is a Birmingham-based Gowling WLG director who investigates insolvent companies and takes enforcement action against directors and shadow directors whose conduct has fallen below the required standard. She also winds up live companies where it is in the public interest to do so.

Drawing on her 20 years' of experience in this area, one of Kathy's recent successes includes obtaining disqualification orders and undertakings from seven directors and shadow directors totalling 70 years following the collapse of Wolstenholmes LLP. The proceedings were lengthy and complex, and Kathy successfully opposed a number of applications for adjournments and stays, before obtaining the maximum periods of disqualification against three of the seven individuals targeted.

Kathy also uses her skills to provide training, both to clients and in-house, on recent areas of development in disqualification law and practice. Wthin Gowling WLG she plays a major role in helping to create a culture of efficiency and excellence, and contributes to the wider community by participating in a reading in schools program.


Pursuing a series of urgent applications seeking the appointment of the Official Receiver as provisional liquidator over six companies that were pursuing fraudulent practices in the advertising sector and targeting public sector bodies. Reacting swiftly to each new corporate identity which was established by the fraudsters, Kathy worked closely with the Insolvency Service to ensure the early appointment of the Official Receiver, in one case within 10 days of the company's incorporation, thereby protecting the public from the continuing practices and earning particular praise from the High Court Judge as to the quality and presentation of the evidence put before the Court.

Drawing on her extensive experience of pursuing numerous matters through to contested trials, Kathy tackles the most complex and lengthy disqualification cases, combining her clear focus on the evidential standard required and the overriding public interest with attention to detail and the ability to react to the unexpected, for example, successfully opposing last minute stay and adjournment applications.

Supervising the complex investigation into the collapse of Wolstenholmes LLP, a solicitors firm which was the subject of an intervention by the SRA and resulted in the largest ever call on the Compensation Fund. Heading a team of investigators, Kathy liaised with the SRA and other regulatory bodies to pursue a complex and wide ranging series of enquiries of the member solicitors, shadow members and third parties in order to amass evidence of the fraudulent conduct within the firm within a demanding time frame. Again, the quality and depth of the investigation received particular praise from the presiding High Court Judge in the successful disqualification proceedings which then followed against the individuals.

Prepare and delivering highly praised training courses to the Insolvency Service on preparing for and giving evidence at trial.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, director
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, director
  • 2008

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, director
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, solicitor and associate
  • 1993

    • Career
      Brecher & Co, trainee solicitor
  • 1989

    • Education
      University of Cambridge, MA Law