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

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    Privy Council hands down its advice in long-running Guernsey litigation Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited v Glenalla Properties Ltd [2018] UKPC 7

    The Privy Council has today (23 April 2018) handed down its advice in the weighty and long-running Guernsey litigation of Investec Trust ... Read More

  • Events

    Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Geneva 2019

    Location: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland Read More

    Events

    Kathryn Purkis and Jennifer Haywood to speak at the Simon Gore Annual Trust Litigation Conference 2019

    Location: London 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

“Casenote: Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd v Glenalla Properties Ltd [2018] UKPC 7”, Trusts and Trustees, vol 132, 31 July 2018

Byline "Court Asserts How Jersey Law Applies in Trust Cases" Wealth Briefing with James Brightwell, 25 April 2018

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    Privy Council hands down its advice in long-running Guernsey litigation Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited v Glenalla Properties Ltd [2018] UKPC 7

    The Privy Council has today (23 April 2018) handed down its advice in the weighty and long-running Guernsey litigation of Investec Trust ... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference in New York

    Location: InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, 111 East, 48th Street, New York 10017 Read More

    Events

    Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference - Jersey

    Location: The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey Read More