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Katie practises predominantly in the areas of personal injury and industrial disease (NIHL); she has a busy paperwork practice and appears in court on an almost daily basis.

Katie is a Lord Denning, Lord Brougham and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

In her spare time, Katie plays basketball and enjoys going to the theatre.

Areas of Expertise
  • Disease

    Katie is highly experienced with NIHL claims and is regularly instructed on behalf of multiple defendants. She has considerable experience drafting statements of case and advising on liability and tactics, including in conference with lay witnesses and medical experts.

    Katie is regularly instructed as trial counsel, as well as for interim hearings, including CMCs, CCMCs, applications for medical evidence and applications for strike out.

    Katie has a strong understanding of the more technical aspects of NIHL cases, including limitation, the 1972 Code of Practice, de minimis arguments and the various guidelines for diagnosing and quantifying NIHL.

  • Personal Injury

    Katie is regularly instructed in all types of personal injury litigation and has considerable experience with occupier’s liability, employer’s liability, highways and road traffic claims.

    Katie regularly drafts statements of case, schedules, counter-schedules, and advices concerning liability, quantum and procedure.

    Katie willingly accepts instructions from both Claimants and Defendants and, at the request of the solicitor, is happy to consider working under a suitable conditional fee agreement.

  • Credit Hire

    Katie regularly acts for both Claimants and Defendants in credit hire claims on all tracks and is well versed in the law on issues of enforceability, need, period, impecuniosity, rate, and intervention.

    At the request of the solicitor, Katie is happy to consider working under a suitable conditional fee agreement.

  • Clinical Negligence

    Katie’s background is in the medical sciences and she has a particular interest in developing a clinical negligence practice, having worked as a clinical negligence paralegal prior to commencing pupillage and having volunteered with AvMA during her legal studies.

    Katie’s background in biomedical sciences puts her at an advantage in dealing with the often-complex issues that arise in such cases.

  • Property & Real Estate

    Katie has experience with landlord and tenant disputes relating to possession, rent arrears and committal proceedings. Katie has a particular interest in trusts and is keen to accept instructions concerning property ownership disputes. She is also content to accept instructions concerning leasehold and neighbour disputes.

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution

    Katie has experience with a variety of contractual and commercial disputes in the county court, including bankruptcy, debt, enforcement, and costs hearings.

About
  • Professional Membership

    • Personal Injuries Bar Association

  • Qualifications

    • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience), UCL
    • GDL, City University
    • BPTC, BPP

Blogs

08 Mar 2023

Those practising in the field of noise induced hearing loss ("NIHL") will be familiar with the Coles, Lutman and Buffin...

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10 Feb 2022

This blog looks at Functional Neurological Disorder (“FND”): what it is, how it is diagnosed, what medico-legal issues arise, and...

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A heavyweight Court of Appeal, comprising the Master of the Rolls, the Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Civil...

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17 Jan 2022

The question of who can claim for “nervous shock” is upon us again. The issue is one which has periodically...

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22 Apr 2021

In March, as part of the Ropewalk Chambers' Spring Webinar series, Philip Turton and Katie McFarlane reviewed the law relating...

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13 Jan 2021

On 16 December 2020, Martin Spencer J handed down judgment in Young v Downey [2020] EWHC 3457 (QB), an interesting...

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Webinars

18th Apr 2024 @ 02:34

Presented by Philip Turton and Katie McFarlane, this webinar is a review of recent case law and developments in relation to claims for injury brought...

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