Lawyers

Our partners have all come from London-based large international law firms. They are supported by a team of associates, trainees and paralegals of the highest calibre.

You can find out more about our partners under their respective profiles below.

Katherine Hotham

Katherine Hotham Of Counsel

Katherine is a solicitor advocate and of counsel at Humphries Kerstetter. She has a broad range of dispute resolution experience with an emphasis on competition litigation, regulatory investigations, commercial contracts and professional negligence. She has expertise in all methods of commercial dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Katherine has significant experience on managing group third party funded claims, CAT competition claims and UK class action procedures. She acts for both claimants and defendants and has acted for numerous individuals in connection with contentious regulatory issues and at depositions in connection with international litigation.

Her current matters include co-ordinating and representing over seven hundred claimants in the high-profile interchange claims against Visa and Mastercard worth over £1 billion, an international arbitration involving various breaches of contract and representing an individual in relation to an application for a deposition involving ongoing US litigation.

Katherine completed a 6-month secondment in the Antitrust department of the CMA.

Andrey Bychkov

Andrey Bychkov Of Counsel

Andrey is an of counsel at Humphries Kerstetter and advocate qualified in Ukraine. He has been practising law since 2006 with a primary focus on international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution in diverse industry sectors including energy and natural resources, shipping, aviation, agribusiness, international trade, banking, defence and security, amongst others.

Andrey has been recommended by The Legal 500 – EMEA 2021-2022 as a Rising Star in dispute resolution. He also has been named as one of the leading lawyers in international arbitration, litigation, energy and natural resources and maritime law by the most highly regarded Ukrainian legal directories – Ukrainian Law Firms 2021 and Client’s Choice 2019-2020 (by Yurydychna Gazeta).

According to The Legal 500 – EMEA 2021, “Andrey Bychkov stands out for his result-oriented approach and an ability to see the crux of the factual and legal issues” and “is an excellent lawyer with great expertise in shipping”, whose “professionalism and transparency are always appreciated.

Prior to joining the firm in July 2022, Andrey was a counsel at a leading Ukrainian full-service law firm where he led the international arbitration team, acting in some of the most high-profile cases involving parties from the CIS region. Andrey is also an author of many articles published in the Russian, Ukrainian and English languages and his commentaries on legal matters relating to his areas of expertise have been cited by various media. In addition to Russian, Ukrainian and English in which he is fluent, Andrey also speaks conversational Romanian.

Chris Louth

Chris Louth Managing Associate

Chris is a managing associate at Humphries Kerstetter. He acts on a broad range of complex commercial and financial disputes including contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, insolvency, serious issues of fraud, negligence, and claims brought against individuals and entities by regulatory public bodies including HMRC and the FCA. These disputes cover a range of sectors including energy, banking, financial services, defence, aviation and technology.

He regularly acts for high net worth individuals and families, shareholders, companies, investors, directors and insolvency practitioners in disputes which often involve overseas jurisdictions.

Chris has particular experience of obtaining urgent relief for clients by way of injunctions and worldwide freezing orders, including, acting for a high profile and ultra high net worth property developer in injunctive proceedings relating to the repayment of a £50m loan (reported in the Times) and successfully obtaining a freezing injunction against a fraudulent investment fund and its portfolio manager.

He also acts for clients in international arbitration (in particular under the LCIA and ICC arbitration rules) and has acted for clients in the enforcement of arbitral awards.

He was named as a Key Lawyer in the Legal 500 (2022).

Harriet Bush

Harriet Bush Managing Associate

Harriet is a managing associate at Humphries Kerstetter, admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Prior to joining the firm in 2022, Harriet spent two years as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand, before working at a leading boutique commercial litigation and dispute resolution firm in Auckland, New Zealand for four and a half years. During this time, she gained experience dealing with a broad range of complex commercial cases, including, in particular, product liability, negligence, and shareholder disputes. She also appeared as counsel and junior counsel in the District and High Courts, and junior counsel before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Harriet graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with degrees in Law (Hons) and Music.

Dino Muratbegovic

Dino Muratbegovic Associate

Dino is an associate at Humphries Kerstetter, admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Prior to joining the firm in August 2021, Dino spent three and a half years working as a Crown Prosecutor in the Manukau region of Auckland. In that time, he handled an array of criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Crown, appearing on interlocutory applications, sentencings, appeals and trials by judge and jury. Dino frequently argued in the District and High Courts as counsel and also assisted with matters in the Court of Appeal as junior counsel. He also worked on a range of regulatory and professional disciplinary proceedings. At the beginning of his career, Dino completed a two-year term as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand, where he worked on both criminal and civil cases, including several instances of high-value commercial litigation. Dino graduated from the University of Auckland with a conjoint degree in Law (Hons) and Arts. He later completed a Master of Law (First Class Hons) at the University of Cambridge.

Charlotte Flammiger

Charlotte Flammiger Associate

Charlotte is an associate at Humphries Kerstetter. Prior to joining the firm in April 2022, she worked in the dispute resolution team at leading international law firm Simmons & Simmons. During her time as an associate, Charlotte gained a broad range of experience acting on both commercial litigation disputes and contentious regulatory proceedings. In particular, she was heavily involved in the successful defence of a high profile and complex civil fraud claim brought in the High Court against an international financial institution. Charlotte’s other experience includes contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes, as well as both internal and external regulatory investigations.

Charlotte graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in History before completing her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP University.

Sinead O’Brien

Sinead O’Brien Associate

Sinead is an associate at Humphries Kerstetter. Prior to joining the firm in May 2022, Sinead worked as an associate in the commercial dispute resolution team of a leading city law firm. Sinead has dealt with a broad range of complex and high-value commercial disputes for both corporate and individual clients from a wide variety of industry sectors, including amongst others financial services and insurance. She is experienced in dealing with contractual disputes, shareholder/partnership disputes and fraud claims together with injunctive relief, insolvency matters, debt recovery and enforcement. Examples of recent cases she has worked on include a failed venture in respect of a bond to equity conversion together with competition work including advancing a class action claim.

Sinead graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Law before obtaining a distinction in her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.

Hilary Baker

Hilary Baker Associate

Hilary is an associate at Humphries Kerstetter, admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Prior to joining the firm in 2022, Hilary worked at a top-tier Australian law firm in Brisbane. During her time there Hilary acted on a broad range of matters including contractual disputes, commissions of inquiry, judicial review proceedings and regulatory investigations. After graduating from university, Hilary was an associate to a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland. There, she worked on a range of criminal and civil matters, including several large-scale commercial trials. Hilary holds degrees in Law (First Class Hons) and Arts (History) from the University of Queensland. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with the College of Law.

Alex Wiltshire

Alex Wiltshire Associate

aw@humphrieskersteter.com

+44 203 960 3992

Alex is an associate at Humphries Kerstetter, having previously worked at a large litigation firm in Auckland, New Zealand. He gained a broad experience of complex commercial litigation, including product liability, negligence claims, and white-collar crime, as well as large regulatory proceedings including fair trading disputes and health and safety litigation. Notable cases include acting for a plaintiff on a large product liability claim in the High Court involving building materials, acting for the prosecuting agency on New Zealand’s largest health and safety prosecution in the District Court and appearing as junior counsel on behalf of a plaintiff in a market manipulation case in the High Court. Litigation experience also involved acting as a Junior Crown Prosecutor in the Auckland region, appearing at pre-trial hearings, sentencing hearings, appeals against conviction and sentences in the High Court, bail applications and jury trials. Alex graduated from the University of Otago with degrees in Law and Commerce (majoring in Finance).

Inge Swiegers

Inge Swiegers Associate

Inge is an associate at Humphries Kerstetter, having joined the firm in June 2021. Prior to joining the firm, Inge trained and qualified with a leading city law firm, where she gained complex high-value commercial litigation experience. In particular, she was involved with a large competition litigation case involving multi-faceted follow-on damages claims brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She also worked on contractual disputes where she acted for corporations in the oil and gas industry and, as part of pro bono initiatives, she worked on a landlord and tenant dispute where she advised individuals. Inge graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an undergraduate degree in Law and Politics before completing her Legal Practice Course at BPP University. Inge speaks English and Afrikaans.

Ben Cook

Ben Cook Associate

Ben is an associate at Humphries Kerstetter, having qualified with the firm in 2022. Since joining HK, he has acted for both individual and corporate clients in high-profile, complex disputes. These include a professional negligence action against the former administrators of a landmark London riverside tower development, group litigation against Visa and Mastercard concerning the setting of interchange fees, applications for injunctive relief against a former director and shareholder of a company accused of poaching staff and a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors. Before joining the firm, Ben graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Ancient History and from BPP Law School with Graduate Diploma in Law; he has since completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.

Kirsten Holtby

Kirsten Holtby Paralegal

Kirsten is a paralegal at Humphries Kerstetter. She has legal and business development experience in Dubai at two international law firms in their corporate/commercial departments. She has also interned in Beijing where she worked as part of the Intellectual Property team. Notable work Kirsten has completed includes producing reports on Chinese investments, patents and trademarks globally, and comparing Islamic law with the independent law of the Dubai International Financial Centre regarding employment rights.

Prior to joining the firm in August 2022, Kirsten achieved a First Class Honours degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester. She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law with Distinction and the Legal Practice Course with a Masters in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law.

Parth Jethwa

Parth Jethwa Paralegal

Parth joined Humphries Kerstetter as a paralegal in September 2022. Prior to joining the firm, Parth worked at two leading city firms, handling a varied caseload. He has been involved in complex contentious matters, acting for large property developers and high-net-worth individuals. Parth also has relevant financial experience, previously working in Tax Compliance Services within the audit department at Deloitte. Parth’s current matters include large scale competition law actions and a range of commercial disputes.

Parth achieved a first class honours degree in law from the University of Warwick. Since then, he has completed the Legal Practice Course with distinction at BPP University.