Kennedys Partner and International Arbitration Co-Chair Dies Aged 41

A partner in Kennedys’ London office and co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration group has died, aged 41, following a long illness.

Katherine Proctor joined the firm in 2018 as a partner and was described by colleagues as “a truly outstanding lawyer and a very dear friend”.

In a statement from Kennedys, the firm said she will be remembered “not just for her professional excellence but for her infectious personality – fun, fearless and a proud Geordie lass whose smile lit up the room.”

She initially worked first for Ince & Co for over a decade, and then moved to Clyde & Co for three before joining Kennedys, according to her LinkedIn.

Nick Thomas, Kennedys’ senior partner said: “I am still struggling to accept that we will never see her again. She had so much more to give and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

“I hope that her family will take comfort in the fact that Kat made such a positive impression on those who knew her, worked with her and loved her as a colleague and a very dear friend,” added the firm’s global managing partner Suzanne Liversidge.

Specialising in insurance, reinsurance and general commercial dispute resolution, Proctor worked primarily on complex, high value and multi-jurisdiction disputes. She also acted for commercial clients in relation to U.K. and international contractual and tortuous disputes, being involved in a number of high profile matters.

During her career Proctor also undertook four secondments in the London market, as well supporting programmes providing children mentorship such as the BEE programme and The Big Alliance.

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