Katherine Gittins joined Invictus Chambers in October 2016 and is currently undertaking pupillage under the supervision of Jacqueline Rubens.
At a time where alternative dispute resolution is becoming an ever-more important method for resolving disputes, Katherine is looking to develop her skills as a civil and commercial mediator.
Katherine has a keen interest in housing law. She has assisted on a variety of cases involving matters such as unlawful eviction, disrepair, homelessness and possession on grounds of anti-social behaviour. She is also familiar with suspending warrants for possession and protection from harassment injunctions.
Katherine has drafted pleadings, skeleton arguments and advices in housing law cases. As an example she has drafted defences to possession claims including counterclaims for disrepair and breach of contract, and has further drafted advices on section 204 appeals on suitability and eligibility.
Katherine has assisted at numerous private family law hearings on matters such as seeking prohibitive steps orders, child arrangement orders, specific issue orders and non-molestation orders. She has also assisted in the High Court in a child abduction matter. Katherine has attended conferences on these issues and has drafted a number of draft orders.
Katherine has a broad experience in property law including advising on beneficial interests, constructive trusts and irrevocable licenses. She has further drafted grounds of appeal and offer letters. In connection with this, she has assisted in wills and probate matters, to include cases dealing with trusts and the validity of a will.
Prior to joining Chambers Katherine gained experience of immigration law while working with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). Since joining Chambers, she has assisted on various immigration appeals, dealing with issues such as asylum, article 8 and whether an individual qualified as a primary carer of an EEA national.
Before joining Chambers, Katherine worked as an in-house advocate at Lyons Davidson Solicitors. She accepted instructions to appear in a number of County Court matters including small claims, infant approval and application hearings. Katherine also provided written advice on quantum and liability in predominantly personal injury cases.
In 2015, Katherine was awarded the Peter Duffy Award from Lincoln’s Inn which afforded her the opportunity to work as a Study Visitor in the UK division of the European Court of Human Rights for almost 5 months. Katherine spent her time working on current cases by researching the topic of mass surveillance and contributing to comparative law studies.
Katherine also undertook an internship at the JCWI. Her role primarily consisted of researching country information and guidance on a range of asylum and human rights issues.
Qualifications & Awards
- BPTC, BPP Law School
- LLB (Hons), Keele University
- ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
- Peter Duffy Human Rights Award
- Lincoln’s Inn