Kate Heaney

Kate Heaney

Senior Associate

DDI: 029 2082 9121

Mobile: 07894 594526

Email: kheaney@darwingray.com

An experienced associate in Darwin Gray’s reputable Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Teams, Kate draws on her
wealth of experience to advise clients and assist them with reaching solutions in all aspects of insolvency and
commercial dispute resolution.

Kate’s wide-ranging experience relates to all aspects of insolvency work, including advising insolvency
practitioners in their capacities as office-holders for a variety of contentious and non-contentious work. Kate also
acts for and advises directors and individuals alike in relation to all company and personal insolvency-related
matters.

On the dispute resolution side, Kate also has extensive experience of conducting all types of commercial litigation,
franchise disputes and housing management work; including progressing matters to trial and settling out of court
using a range of alternative dispute resolution, in particular mediation. Kate also regularly conducts advocacy in
the County Court.

  • Advising on and negotiating settlement of a partnership dispute in a GP surgery

  • Acting for an individual client resisting a potential demand from a bank on a Personal Guarantee, for being unenforceable as a result of the negligence of the advising solicitors

  • Acting for a Housing Association client in relation to a complex matter involving an anti-social behaviour injunction, committal proceedings and possession proceedings against a Defendant lacking mental capacity

  • Successfully defending a high profile contentious block transfer application against an insolvency practitioner

  • Acting for a liquidator relating to various misfeasance claims against director of a company and successfully negotiating settlement

  • Successfully defending an application against a liquidator challenging the decision to formally admit claims for dividend in the liquidation of a company

  • Representing individuals regarding the re-use of company name (s.216 -217 IA 1986).

  • Successful vesting order applications in relation to assets of dissolved companies.

  • Acting for licensed insolvency practitioners in applications under the Insolvency Act 1986

  • Business and Property Court applications (Companies and Insolvency List)

  • All types of Insolvency (contentious and non-contentious, corporate and individual)

  • Commercial, contractual and partnership disputes

  • Debt recovery

  • Property related disputes

  • Professional Negligence Claims

  • Franchise disputes

  • Housing Management

Experience

  • Associate, Darwin Gray – 2017 – present

  • Solicitor, Darwin Gray – 2014 – 2017

  • Trainee solicitor, Darwin Gray – 2012 – 2014

Education

  • University of Exeter

  • University of the West of England

  • Cardiff University

  • Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA)
  • Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF)

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Becs Beslee, Dice FM Ltd

Darwin Gray have provided us with a first-class service for many years now. They really take the time to understand our business and develop relationships which results in advice and support that is contextualised and effective.”

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Gwawr Booth, Portal Training Ltd

PSS has worked with Darwin Gray for many years. We have always received an excellent service. Prompt and professional advice and support.”

Ledia Shabani, Property Support Services UK Ltd

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Guto Bebb, Farmers’ Union of Wales

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Iwan Hywel, Mentrau Iaith Cymru

My “go to” in urgent and time sensitive cases for direction, support and advice. The team are quick to respond to calls or emails for advice and support on all matters. Always explain complex matters in a way a lay person can easily understand.”

Margot Adams, Guarding UK Ltd

Darwin Gray have acted for myself and my company over a number of years and at all times we have been treated with a professional manner yet maintain a common-sense approach at all levels. We couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

Simon Baston, Loft Co

We have been clients of Darwin Gray for many years; they’ve always dealt with all of our legal matters with such professionalism. They work around us, even during awkward hours, and we feel confident we can always rely on them.”

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David Stevens

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