Kathy Trist

Kathy Trist

Kathy Trist is Head of Property Litigation. She is based at the Exeter office but travels as and when required to see clients at all of Everys’ West Country offices.

Kathy has dealt with most areas of litigation in her 18 years’ experience.  Her particular area of expertise is in Property Disputes, and she is familiar with concerns that face both owners and occupiers of commercial and residential properties. Kathy frequently advises clients where there are challenges regarding boundaries, rights of way, party walls, nuisance, trespass, and misrepresentation claims.

Kathy enjoys dealing with the more complex commercial contractual disputes and advises clients in resolving complex disputes between shareholders and/or directors.  Particularly interesting are the cases where serious allegations of company/director misfeasance are involved, and it is imperative that the consequential advice and assistance is swift to protect the company.

Kathy also advises on the meaning and implications of the wording in contracts, title documents, leases, and notices, and, in certain circumstances, the validity of the same.

Kathy is an accredited Civil Mediator and utilises this additional skill set when advising and representing her clients.

Kathy qualified as a Legal Executive in 2001 and then as a solicitor in 2004.  She joined Everys in June 2018, having worked locally since qualification.  Kathy is a member of the Property Litigators Association, a member of the Civil Mediation Council, and is also Chair of the Devon and Somerset Law Society Panel of Mediators.

 

Ellen Stratton

Ellen Stratton

Ellen Stratton is a self-motivated Litigation Executive and a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She obtained a first-class honours degree in law from The Open University whilst working full-time for a large regional firm of solicitors.  Since joining Everys in 2014, Ellen has also completed the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice.

Ellen specialises in personal injury cases and deals with a wide range of claims: from straightforward lower-value claims, where the client made a full recovery from their injuries within a few months, to more complex cases for clients whose injuries have long-lasting or permanent consequences.