Kathryn Purkis is returning to Serle Court to practise at the Bar full-time, following a 9 year period at Jersey law firm Collas Crill, where she was a litigation advocate and managing partner from 2009 to 2012.
Kathryn was a member of Serle Court until 2005, and had a general commercial chancery practice with an emphasis on property litigation, fraud and asset-tracing work. She went on to qualify as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey in 2008 and became a highly regarded member of the Jersey Bar, being much commended in the directories, most recently as a “fearless advocate” and “an outstanding lawyer”.
Whilst offshore, Kathryn undertook a wide range of litigation, ranging from contentious trusts and foundations cases, multi-jurisdictional asset-tracing and enforcement claims through to regulatory matters and planning work. She hopes now to build a similarly broad-based practice in Lincoln’s Inn.
Kathryn has been described by Legal 500 as “combining the intellectual capacity of a specialist chancery counsel with tremendous commercial nous”, which chimes perfectly with Serle Court’s reputation for fielding the top legal minds in the market who also have an acute business sense.
Commenting on her return to Serle Court, Kathryn said: “I am very much looking forward to re-joining Serle Court, one of the pre-eminent chancery sets. I do feel that my experience as a partner in and managing a law firm will be invaluable to my work at the Bar, and will shape how I go about providing my own services to clients.”
Chief Executive of Serle Court, John Petrie, added: “Kathryn was a very valued member of Serle Court, and is welcomed back with open arms. Her experience undertaking high-profile work in a different jurisdiction whilst being the managing partner of a firm and seeing it through a merger shows not only Kathryn’s impressive work ethic but her highly-attuned business skills too.”