Katie Powell will join a panel at the inaugural Society of Construction Law Autumn Conference in London on 19 September. […]
She is recognised in the directories as “an absolute star, with sharp intellect and an amazing work ethic” and wins “universal praise”. She has a formidable reputation both on paper and on her feet, being described as an “outstanding construction and construction related junior” and as being “very tough and persuasive, and incredibly good in court”. She is confident in conducting all major forms of dispute resolution on both a led and an unled basis.
Katie has substantial experience in large litigations, and arbitrations and appeals. She frequently is instructed in place of silks, and has appeared unled against silks in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.
As well as being a formidable advocate, her analytical skills are also sought after. She is described as “phenomenally bright” and as having a “really impressive ability to reduce complicated legal points into digestible prose”.
Katie’s outstanding reputation has been confirmed in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for a number of years. They recently have described her as “pure class: super-clever and down to earth”, as “phenomenally bright” and as being “simply brilliant and passionate about everything she does”.
Katie undertakes a wide variety of work both in a litigation and arbitration context concerning in both pure construction claims and claims against construction professionals. She was junior counsel in the Co-op v Birse litigation, which gave rise to some of the leading decisions on limitation in a construction context.
Examples of the cases she has been involved in include:
Katie’s professional negligence experience is substantial, having practised for a number of years in a leading professional negligence set. She has acted for against a wide range of professionals, including architects, engineers, surveyors, solicitors, barristers and accountants and has been involved in some of the most important recent cases in this area.
Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Recent comments include: “[a] very smart cookie who will be a QC a few years down the road”; “incredibly dedicated”; “she did a really good job in front of a scary bench. One to watch”, “a very clear advocate who gets to the issues quickly”; and “bright, able, user friendly and definitely performs beyond her year of call.”
She is regularly instructed in relation to claims against lawyers, auditors and accountants, construction professionals, surveyors and valuers, practising both domestically and internationally.
Katie is the current editor of the financial services chapters of ‘Jackson and Powell’.
Examples of her cases include:
Katie is rated as a leading junior in this field in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, in which she is described as being “extremely bright and very good at deploying the material she has to her advantage. She delivers great written work”, “great with clients, and provides practical, commercial and robust advice”; “technically very competent, and approachable with clients”, “bright, able, user friendly and definitely ‘performing beyond her year of call’” and “‘incredibly dedicated’ as well as having ‘a very sharp mind’”.
She has been involved in some of the leading recent cases in the field, including in the long-running Atomic Veterans litigation and as junior counsel in the three-month commercial court trial of Kingspan v Borealis  EWHC 1147.
Examples of her work include:
Katie has a substantial arbitration practice. She acted as junior Counsel in the groundbreaking decision in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raytheon Systems  EWHC 4375;  EWHC 311, the first time an arbitral award was set aside in its entirety under s.68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 for serious irregularity.
Examples of her recent arbitration work include:
Katie is regularly instructed in both domestic and international commercial dispute resolution. Examples of her work include:
A significant element of Katie’s practice comprises insurance disputes, both for and against insurers. She has particular expertise in Contractors All Risk insurance policies, having acted with Roger Stewart QC in the battle between the Contractors All Risk insurers and the professional indemnity insurers arising from the construction of the East Coast railway. She regularly acts in property damage claims.
Further examples of her insurance experience include:
Katie is the current editor of the financial services chapters of ‘Jackson and Powell on Professional Liability’ (Sweet & Maxwell).
Katie is a member of COMBAR, LCIA, SCL, TECBAR, CHBA and PNBA.