Kira King

Called to the Bar 2011

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 significant experience of a wide range of applications under the Insolvency Act and Rules, regularly appearing in the High Court in respect of such applications.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

Kira’s recent experience includes:

  • Exporien Mining v Aggreko International Projects Limited (Commercial Division) – instructed to represent the Claimant in a multimillion- pound breach of contract dispute arising out of a consultancy agreement in the energy sector.
  • APLv Al-Amiri – instructed to represent the Defendant directors of an investment fund in respect of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by one of the directors arising out of the purchase of a property for a price significantly in excess of its market value.
  • Orex Consultancy Limited v WSL-Cyan Limited (Commercial Division) – instructed to represent the Claimant in respect of a dispute concerning a £15 million loan facility. Instructed to obtain an interim prohibitory injunction against the Defendants to prevent enforcement of their security under the loan facility.
  • Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Limited v Ashok Kumar Goel & Ors – 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
      • 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.
  • GO DPO EU Compliance Limited [2021] EWHC 1765 (Ch) – represented the majority shareholder in a six-day unfair prejudice trial in respect of four companies in the Chancery Division.
  • 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 [2011] WLTR 901 in respect of a share sale transaction valued in excess of £100 million.
Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery +
Commercial Litigation +
Company +
Insolvency +
Offshore +
Trusts, Probate & Estates +
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