Katharine Elliot | 4-5 Gray's inn square

Practice Summary

Katharine joined 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square as a third-six pupil in 2017, following the successful completion of her pupillage at Serle Court. She accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Areas of Experience (Select to add to the CV download)

Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing

During pupillage, Katharine worked extensively in the field of civil fraud and asset tracing, assisting in advising on and preparing for litigation in multi-million-pound international claims at both first instance and appellate levels in England and Wales and in Jersey. She also assisted in applications for related freezing injunctions.

In particular, Katharine assisted in trial preparation for the Court of Appeal case of Ras al Kaimah Investment Authority & ors v Bestfort Development LLP & ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1014, which related to a worldwide freezing order against multiple respondents, including under the Chabra juridiction.

Katharine also worked with leading counsel in preparing closing submissions in the case of Glenn & ors v Watson & ors, dealing with related issues of breach of fiduciary duty and bribery.


Katharine accepts instructions in all areas of commercial law.

As well as her considerable pupillage experience of commercial fraud litigation, Katharine has also assisted in advising on and litigating matters arising out of contractual disputes across a range of business sectors, including breach of contract, unjust enrichment and quantum meruit claims.

Chancery: Trusts and Probate

As a pupil, Katharine gained considerable experience across a range of chancery matters, assisting with advice and litigation in relation to:
- Claims under the Inheritance Act 1975
- Applications under section 116 Senior Courts Act 1981
- Challenges to the validity of a will due to lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval and undue influence

- Claims for breach of trust
- Challenges to the validity of a trust under the “sham” doctrine
- Issues arising from the administration of charitable trusts
- Preliminary trust issues in family division proceedings

She also gained experience of high value chattels disputes and proprietary estoppel claims.

In particular, Katharine assisted in researching and writing the Respondent’s submissions in the Supreme Court case of Ilott v Mitson [2017] UKSC 17, the only occasion on which the Inheritance Act 1975 has been considered by that tribunal.

Public Law

Katharine accepts instructions in all areas of public law.

A member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior panel, she is currently instructed by the Government Legal Department to assist leading counsel in preparing for upcoming High Court litigation in Breyer & others v Department for Energy and Climate Change.






Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge: Classics, BA (Hons), starred first with distinction (ranked first in the year)

Kaplan Law School: Graduate Diploma in Law, distinction

BPP Law School: Bar Professional Training Course, outstanding


Lord Denning, Lord Bowen, Shelford and Hardwicke scholarships, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Buchanan Prize, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Excellence Award, BPP Law School

Foundation Scholar, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge

Professional Memberships

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn



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