International legal practice Osborne Clarke continues to expand its disputes and risk team with the appointment of property disputes partner Kate New.
Kate has over 15 years' experience in property litigation operating in the retail, investment, telecoms and housebuilder/development sectors. She joins us from an in-house role where she was interim head of legal property at On Tower UK Limited (part of Cellnex Telecom) which she joined in August 2020 and before that Kate was previously at Blake Morgan and Foot Anstey.
Kate New commented: "The world of property litigation is constantly evolving and it is an exciting time to join a stellar team. I am really looking forward to working alongside clients – old and new – together with such great lawyers."
Osborne Clarke's UK real estate litigation team includes four partners, three legal directors and 48 lawyers. The team is headed by Leona Briggs and advises clients across the UK from offices in London, Bristol and the Thames Valley (Kate will be based in Reading). Last financial year the team delivered over 10 per cent revenue growth.
"Property litigation is an exciting practice often at the forefront of many areas of real estate and infrastructure development activity, including where these intersect with the pursuit of net zero and the changing dynamics of population and urban growth."
Leona Briggs, head of real estate litigation, commented: "Property litigation is an exciting practice often at the forefront of many areas of real estate and infrastructure development activity, including where these intersect with the pursuit of net zero and the changing dynamics of population and urban growth. Kate's experience in sectors including telecoms, retail, investment and housing will complement our existing experience on these areas and will provide new opportunities to grow our fantastic client base still further. We are very much looking forward to having her on board."
Osborne Clarke's wider Disputes and Risk Practice Group is headed by Catherine Wolfenden and continues to deliver fantastic revenue growth, building on the double digit growth in the preceding years, and last financial year contributed nearly a quarter of the firm's UK revenue.
Earlier this month the team welcomed two new partners - life sciences patent litigator Trevor Crosse and contentious financial services regulatory specialist Benedict Perowne.