Kathryn Purkis


Year of Call: 1991

“Her knowledge of Jersey law and practice is particularly helpful.”

Legal 500, 2019

Practice Overview

Kathryn Purkis has extensive experience of a wide range of Chancery/commercial dispute and advisory work at all levels of the court system. Her practice focusses on domestic and contentious trusts and probate matters, civil fraud and asset-tracing, and the recovery of assets from offshore structures and as such often has a multijurisdictional dimension. She has special expertise in dealing with cases involving the Channel Islands, or Jersey or Guernsey law, having practised as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey (where she was a partner in a law firm) from 2007 to 2014. She is recommended in tier 1 of the Legal 500 2019 Offshore rankings. 

Perhaps as a result of her time in partnership, Kathryn very much enjoys the teamwork required in heavyweight litigation, and in her career has acted in several large, valuable and long-running cases. However, she also takes great satisfaction in assisting individual clients or smaller entities with more discrete issues to attain a good result in a proportionate and practical manner.

News & Events

  • News

    Kathryn Purkis “Seeing Non-Contentious Probate Fee Reforms in Context”

    In an article for Solicitors Journal, titled "Seeing Non-Contentious Probate Fee Reforms in Context", Kathryn Purkis argues... Read More

    News

    International Women’s Day 2019

    International Women’s Day celebrates the political, economic, cultural and social achievements of women. In 2019, the themes are to... Read More

  • Events

    KNect 365 Trusts in Litigation Conference 2020

    Location: Hilton Helsinki Strand Read More

    Events

    Channel Islands Commercial and Offshore Trusts Conference 2019

    Location: Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa, Esplande, St Helier, JE2 3QA Read More

  • “Kathryn is a top-notch advocate to have on your side in complex trust and commercial disputes. She is level-headed and calm but knows when to fight on certain points and never loses focus on the overall strategy and what the client wants to achieve.”

    Citywealth Leaders List, 2018
  • “fearless advocate” and “outstanding lawyer”

    Legal 500, 2014
  • “An excellent lawyer who never drops the ball”

    Chambers Global, 2014

Education & Qualifications

University of Cape Town - BA (Hons) (First Class) (1987)
Balliol College, Oxford - BA (Hons) (Juris) (1990)
Jersey Law exams (2007)

In the Press

"Seeing non-contentious probate fee reforms in context", Solicitors Journal (10 May, 2019)

with Professor Duncan Fairgrieve (Université Paris Dauphine PSL) “The Law of Unjust Enrichment in the Channel Islands: Recognising the Civil Law Strand”, in The Jersey and Guernsey Law Review, February 2019, pp 7-34.

News & Events

  • News

    Kathryn Purkis “Seeing Non-Contentious Probate Fee Reforms in Context”

    In an article for Solicitors Journal, titled "Seeing Non-Contentious Probate Fee Reforms in Context", Kathryn Purkis argues... Read More

    News

    International Women’s Day 2019

    International Women’s Day celebrates the political, economic, cultural and social achievements of women. In 2019, the themes are to... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court Cross-Border Litigation Conference

    Location: Crowne Plaza Limassol Hotel, Promachon Eleftherias 2, Agios Athanasios, Limassol 4103, Cyprus Read More

    Events

    Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Geneva 2019

    Location: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland Read More