Katie James Partner

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Contact Details

“Kathryn James of Blake Morgan heads the firm's business support and insolvency team. She advises insolvency practitioners, banks and distressed companies on a range of matters. She has particular experience in distressed care home work. One interviewee says that "she excels at dealing with complex matters."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
Katie is an experienced insolvency lawyer, aiming to maximise recoveries for her clients, whether through sales of assets or by way of litigation.

Main area of practice

For the past 11 years, Katie has worked in all areas of insolvency, including formal processes such as administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy as well as in less formal distressed situations. Katie has particular expertise in dealing with distressed care homes as well as hotels and complex group structures.


Katie helps insolvency practitioners, banks, lenders, investors, landlords, and creditors as well as the directors and owners of distressed companies and businesses. 

Significant experience

  • Katie advised Receivers appointed under the Law of Property Act 1925 about their appointment by the trustees of a pension scheme over a science park, and in relation to the sale of the science park.
  • Katie has advised the directors of a retailer in relation to a Company Voluntary Arrangement that they wished to put to creditors and the effect that the CVA had on the company's lease obligations.
  • Katie acted for the Trustee in Bankruptcy of a husband and wife who formerly owned a public house and during the proceeds to obtain vacant possession of the matrimonial home raised various "trust" arguments.
  • Katie advised the liquidators of a eco-home development company in relation to issues arising from the restrictions on the title to the development site, the security of the site and in relation to a dispute with a partially secured creditor as to the extent of its entitlement under its security.
  • Katie has recently acted for and advised the administrators of a printing company in relation to their appointment and the sale of the business, dealing with the implications of the Insolvency Rules 2016 and the mandatory e-filing in the Companies Court, London.
  • Katie advised Receivers appointed under the Law of Property Act 1925 on their appointment by a bridging loan provider, obtaining vacant possession of three charged properties and selling all three properties, in the face of hostility and obstruction from the borrowers. 

Other expertise

Katie is an accredited mediator with ADRg.

“A strong breadth of knowledge.”

Chambers 2017

“Sources remark on Kathryn James’ “approachable, professional and commercial” manner and recommend her for her work with insolvency practitioners and creditors. Her clients appreciate her quick thinking and efficiency.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015


Katie’s Blog

HMRC to be preferential creditor in corporate insolvency

The 2018 Autumn Budget introduced a multitude of changes in respect of HMRC, from amendments to the personal company tests for Entrepreneurs' Relief to the extension of SDLT first time buyer's relief. We look at one change that has flown under the radar.

Articles by Katie

Success for Blake Morgan's Thames Valley Insolvency team


The Insolvency team in Thames Valley have had a recent success with the recovery of a six-figure sum in relation to a fraudulent transfer of funds. In this success Partner Katie James was assisted by Trainee Solicitor Tom English.

Limitation on when a Notice of Intention to Appoint Administrators can be filed


On 11 April 2017, Judgment was handed down in the matter of JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property XV Ltd v Davis Haulage Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 267.

Insolvency rules 2016


The Insolvency Service have recently announced that the Insolvency Rules 2016 ("the Rules") are to be laid before Parliament in October 2016. Provided that the proposed Rules are approved by Parliament, they are likely to come into force in April 2017.

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Speaking Engagements

Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme in Southampton - March 20

We would like to invite you to our next Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme on Wednesday 20 March in our Southampton office.

Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme in Reading - March 13

We would like to invite you to our next Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme on Wednesday 13 March in our Reading office and Wednesday 20 March in our Southampton office.

Blake Morgan's Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme - Nov 28

We would like to invite you to our next Insolvency Practitioner lunch and learn programme on Wednesday 28 November in our Southampton office.

Related Knowledge & Resources

High Court orders petitioner's purchase of 50% shareholding in company in unfair prejudice petition

In the trial of an unfair prejudice petition, the High Court has found that the actions of the first respondent represented the clearest possible breach of directors' fiduciary and statutory duties. We take look in detail.

Civil Restraint Orders

What are Civil Restraint Orders and when can they be used? Our expert explains how CRO's can be useful when dealing with particularly litigious bankrupts and other litigants in person.

Director disqualification and failure to comply

Our expert explains the Director Disqualification Act and what happens if a disqualified director doesn't apply with the Act.

Taking care with re-use of business name following insolvency

Blake Morgan's guide to the restrictions on involvement with another business trading under the same or similar name, when going through insolvency procedures.

Guide to tenant insolvency

Blake Morgan provide a guide to the process of tenant insolvency