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Kate Shires

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Kate Shires

Associate
kate.shires@bristows.com
+44 (0)207 400 8000

Kate specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, having very significant experience in dealing with contentious competition issues in the TMT sector, as well as disputes relating to IP rights.
 
Given her background and experience, Kate works regularly on disputes at the interface between competition law and IP – and has a particular interest in the ‘non-technical’ FRAND and competition defences which are associated with standard-essential technology disputes in the telecoms industry.  Kate has also been a key part of a team dealing with a major High Court action in a stand-alone Article 102 abuse of dominance case in the TMT sector.

Kate’s litigation experience encompasses full trials in the High Court as well as numerous interim applications.  She has gained extensive knowledge of the disclosure process – including related issues such as confidentiality, privilege and the tensions that can arise during disputes which are being (or may be) litigated simultaneously in more than one jurisdiction.  Kate’s experience has also involved dealing with the issues that can arise when national litigation is running in parallel with overlapping or closely related European Commission proceedings.

Kate has worked in-house on secondment at a major tech company as part of the core legal team responding to a European Commission Statement of Objections.  This role has also involved significant advice on the boundaries between stand-alone and follow-on actions, and how this can affect both litigation planning and overall legal strategy.

Kate is also a frequent commentator on the intersection of competition and IP law as featured in the blog The CLIP Board

Credentials

  • BA Geography, University of Durham
  • MA Geography & Philosophy, University of Durham
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Oxford
  • Qualified 2012

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