Kate Corby is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution team in London. Kate has substantial experience of representing clients in complex litigation and arbitration, with a focus on construction and engineering disputes. She also has significant experience in advising on product liability, safety and regulatory compliance.
Kate was ranked in Chambers & Partners 2015 and 2016 as an Associate to Watch. She was also noted in Legal 500 UK 2016 for her "strategic thinking".
Kate is one of only two lawyers (the other being a Baker McKenzie colleague) invited by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills to be part of the steering group set up to consider implementation of the recommendations from its review into consumer product recall processes commissioned in 2015.
Kate acts for employers, main contractors, sub-contractors and joint venture partners from across the world on disputes concerning issues such as project delays, cost overruns and defective work. She has been involved in disputes arising out of projects from Kazakhstan in the East to Panama in the West, but in recent years has had a particular focus on projects in the Middle East. Kate is also active in advising clients on project and contract management and dispute avoidance.
In addition, Kate has particular experience in advising on and coordinating large multijurisdictional product recalls as well as providing product liability, safety and regulatory compliance advice across a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, electronics and consumer goods. She is recognised as an expert in this field at governmental level.
Representative Legal Matters
- Acting for a main contractor in an ICC arbitration commenced by one of its joint venture partners relating to responsibility for delays and increased costs of construction of a sewage treatment plant in the Middle East, having previously acted for the same contractor in another ICC arbitration raising similar issues.
- Acting for a major Saudi company in an arbitration concerning the construction of a smelting plant and advising on disputes with third parties, in particular the EPC contractor relating to the construction and operation of the plant, insurers and third party suppliers.
- Advising a major energy company on a regulatory investigation.
- Leading the Baker & McKenzie team providing legal and strategic advice to a leading consumer electronics manufacturer in relation to the worldwide recall of one of its home theatre products, which had been sold in 85 countries, about 75 percent of which required notifications to be made to the relevant government regulators. This involved instructing and coordinating the work carried out by 36 other Baker & McKenzie offices and 46 external law firms.
- Regularly advising a manufacturer of engines and power generation products on product regulatory issues, as well as on legal, regulatory and strategic issues arising out of multijurisdictional recalls.
- Supporting several manufacturing clients in respect of criminal proceedings concerning aspects of the safety or regulatory compliance of their products.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Society for Construction Law - Member
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Member
- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) - Member
- Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors - Honorary Solicitor and Affiliate Member
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2004)
- Nottingham University (2001)
- University of Exeter (2000)
- University of the Saarland, Germany (2000)