Kira has a commercial chancery practice with an emphasis on civil fraud, insolvency, company and commercial litigation. In addition, Kira has over ten years’ experience of both onshore and offshore contentious trusts matters which she combines with her commercial chancery expertise.
Kira is an experienced advocate who frequently appears in the High Court and has experience of both trial and appellate advocacy. Kira has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court (with a leader).
Kira is particularly experienced in applications for pre-emptive and interim relief and both as a sole advocate and led has successfully obtained and responded to high value freezing orders both within the jurisdiction and offshore.
Kira also has substantial offshore experience having been called to Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) and the Gibraltar Bar (on an ad-hoc basis) and has been instructed on cases in the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey and the BVI.
Kira is the Chair of Junior COMBAR and a committee member of ConTrA (Contentious Trusts Associates).
Kira’s recent experience includes:
- GO DPO EU Compliance Limited  EWHC 1765 (Ch) – represented the majority shareholder in a six-day unfair prejudice trial in respect of four companies in the Chancery Division.
- Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Limited v Ashok Kumar Goel & Ors – currently instructed with Michael Black QC (in the DIFC Court) on a claim for in excess of £100 million in respect of liability under multiple personal guarantees in respect of the trade financing liabilities of Gulf Petroleum FZC.
- Successfully established that the DIFC Court had jurisdiction over the claim where that jurisdiction was derived and involved consideration of a hybrid jurisdiction clause.
- Successfully obtained a freezing injunction in the DIFC court to prevent dissipation of assets prior to trial.
- Scully Royalty v Raiffeisen Bank International AG (Cayman) – instructed with John Wardell QC (Wilberforce) on behalf of the Defendants in respect of a €43 million claim under the Fraudulent Dispositions Law (15 of 1989) (1996 Revision) and/or in the tort of unlawful means conspiracy.
- Instructed on appeal of permission to serve out of the jurisdiction on two of the Defendants.
- Instructed on appeal of an uncapped worldwide freezing injunction in respect of the €43 million claim.
- Abdullah v Siddiqi – Instructed with David Phillips QC (Wilberforce) to represent the Claimant on a civil fraud claim for in excess of £25 million.
- Successfully obtained a freezing injunction to prevent dissipation of assets prior to trial.
- Successfully resisted an application to set aside the freezing injunction  EWHC 1132.
- Successfully obtained a receivership order over the Defendant’s assets in support of the freezing order.
- Successfully obtained a debarring order on the basis that the Defendant had failed to pay a costs order and had consistently failed to comply with Court orders and procedural requirements.
- Wigan Athletic AFC Limited (In Administration) v The English Football League – instructed with David Phillips QC (Wilberforce) to represent Wigan in its appeal against the sporting sanction imposed by the EFL by reason of Wigan going into administration. The issue in the case (which was settled by arbitration) was whether Wigan’s entry into administration was a force majeure event.
- LG v AB – instructed to represent a representative beneficiary in a blessing application in the Chancery Division pursuant to the authority in Public Trustee v Cooper  WLTR 901 in respect of a share sale transaction valued in excess of £100 million.
- Represented the Sixth Defendant in proceedings to seek permanent anonymity of the names of the representative beneficiaries in the case.
- Re MK – advising joint executors and trustees of a will trust regarding the extent of their power to make interim distributions to the residuary beneficiaries of the trust when faced with a claim against the estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Hewson v Wells – instructed on behalf of defendants to a claim against the Deceased’s estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Represented the Defendants in hearing to determine whether the court should exercise its power under CPR 38.6 to disapply the default rule that the claimant, having filed a notice of discontinuance in respect of parts of her claim, should pay the defendants’ costs of those parts Hewson v Wells and another  EWHC 2722.
- L v L – successfully represented the Claimant trustee in respect of an application pursuant to the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 which consisted of amending the wording of the power of advancement in the trust in order to make a distribution of approximately £6m.
- Haim Judah Michael Levy & Ors v Daniel Theodore Klein & Ors– 2018 ORD 059 (Gibraltar)- successfully represented minor and unborn beneficiaries in respect of an application for a declaration that a $56million payment was within the scope of the powers of the Trustees, for rectification of the trust deed in respect of a trust fund valued in excess of $85million.
- Ted Baker Plc v Bluefin Insurance Services – Kira instructed with Stephen Cogley QC on a high value dispute in the Commercial Division against an insurance broker where it is alleged that the insurance broker negligently failed to obtain an insurance policy which covered employee theft.
- Rreef European Value Added Fund I L.P v Deutsche Alternative Asset Management (UK) Limited – instructed by Allen & Overy LLP on a claim for damages of at least €158 million by an investment fund against its investment manager for breach of contract and/or negligence in relation to a decision to cause the fund to invest in a German real estate transaction.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Kira trained and qualified as a solicitor at Baker & McKenzie LLP, where she gained experience in contentious trusts, international fraud and general commercial litigation. Kira subsequently worked for Eversheds LLP where she specialised in trusts and pensions litigation and the offshore law firm Forbes Hare in the British Virgin Islands where she specialised in insolvency, civil fraud and distressed investment fund litigation. Her experience included being instructed on the restitutionary claims brought by the liquidators of Fairfield Sentry Limited, the largest of the feeder funds into Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.