Katrina Yates: "Adverse Possession: ‘Crime and Punishment’ or ‘Crime and Reward’?

19 February 2015, 11.00 AM - 9 January 2015, 11.52 AM

Katrina Yates (MA 2004)

Physics Building

As part of the Distinguished Alumni Guest Lecture Series, Katrina Yates (MA 2004) barrister Landmark Chambers, member of the University of Bristol Law School Advisory Board, will be giving a lecture entitled: "Adverse Possession: ‘Crime and Punishment’ or ‘Crime and Reward’?

With a first class degree in English from Oxford under her belt, Katrina embarked upon the MA in Law in 2003.  While at Bristol she won the Law School’s mooting competition and was an active member of the Law Clinic.  She graduated with Distinction in 2005.    

Supported by scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn, Katrina then attended Bar School at BPP in London.  She completed the course in 2006, accredited with an ‘Outstanding’ grade.    She was called to the Bar in 2006 and undertook pupillage at Landmark Chambers.  She became a tenant in 2007.  In 2011 Katrina was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (barristers who are selected to act for the Government).  In the same year she won a Pegasus Scholarship and spent three months working on secondment to the Solicitor-General of New Zealand in the Natural Resources division of Crown Law.  

Since commencing practice at the Bar, Katrina has been recognised as an up-and-coming property and chancery law specialist, who regularly appears in the County Court, the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.   She provides advice and representation in a wide variety of property disputes, including: commercial landlord and tenant (including forfeiture, breaches of covenant, break clauses, the renewal of business tenancies and dilapidations); residential landlord and tenant (including disrepair and possession claims); conveyancing; professional negligence arising from dispositions of land; and real property disputes, including those concerning nuisance, easements, determinable fee simples, rent charges, mortgages, covenants, boundary disputes, adverse possession and proprietary estoppel.   Land registration is a particular interest of hers.   Following her appointment to the Attorney-General’s Panel, she regularly advises and represents the Chief Land Registrar in litigation arising under the Land Registration Act 2002, including claims for rectification of the Register, indemnity, and judicial review of the Registrar’s decisions.  She also has expertise in complementary areas of town and country planning law, including, representing local authorities at planning appeal hearings, public inquiries, sentencing hearings and appeals against sentence, and acting for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in High Court planning challenges. 

Since 2012 Katrina has been ranked in successive editions of Chambers and Partners as a top junior barrister in Real Estate Litigation.  Solicitors have said that she is, Great on her feet” (Chambers and Partners 2015), “A rising star and a real talent who understands her clients’ commercial objectives” (Legal 500 2014 – 2015).  She is a member of the Property Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association and sits on the University of Bristol’s Law School Advisory Board. 

In her spare time Katrina is a classically-trained violinist and singer.  She is also the frontwoman of Landmark Chambers’ bluesy-rock band, The Alibis.  The band performs gigs for charity and for the legal profession; in recent years they have rocked a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club in London to the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles.

Katrina Yates

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