Kirsty O'Connor

Kirsty O'Connor

Senior Manager, PwC United Kingdom

Kirsty qualified at Reed Smith LLP and has worked on a wide range of disputes in the UK High Court, including the Companies Court and IPEC. She joined PwC in June 2017 in the Regulatory and Commercial Disputes team.

She has advised and represented clients in relation to claims of breach of contract and warranties, unfair prejudice, professional negligence, judicial review proceedings, intellectual property infringement, breach of confidence, and defamation. She has acted on a number of matters all the way from pre-action correspondence to enforcement of judgments in foreign jurisdictions, including conducting her own advocacy on applications before a Master or a Judge in chambers.

Kirsty has also completed client secondments at Lloyds Banking Group (in the Litigation team at the Retail Bank), ITV (with the Brands and CSR teams) and Bauer Media Group (three months working with the in-house legal team on digital advertising and technology services agreements, as well as advising on intellectual property issues).

Relevant expertise

Examples of Kirsty’s work includes:

  • Representing a national utilities provider in potential judicial review proceedings against its regulator in relation to a proposed scheme involving the personal data of millions of customers.
  • Advising a family office in respect of professional negligence issues arising out of the failure of a subcontractor to administer trust accounts effectively for a significant period, including advising on the potential consequential claims from beneficiaries of the trusts.
  • Acting for a national bank to trace the assets of a high net worth individual and recover a large debt from the individual’s estate.
  • Investigating the activities of a vexatious litigant who has attempted to defraud a Middle Eastern bank via various entities which he had fraudulently registered with Companies House and the German register of companies.
  • Representing a high net worth individual in cross border proceedings involving Venezuela and Panama to recover misappropriated funds.
  • Defending a high net worth individual and his company in debt recovery proceedings, brought by a Bahraini telecoms company, worth £175 million.
  • Representing a Hong Kong based company in an arbitration under the Controlled Cost Rules to recover an Introducer Fee claimed in relation to a project finance deal worth €186 million.
  • Acting for a director/shareholder in relation to an unfair prejudice claim made by a minority shareholder.
  • Running trade mark infringement cases in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Advising and representing clients in relation to copyright, design right and trade mark infringement matter.

Areas of Expertise

  • Interim relief (e.g. Delivery Up Orders, Search and Seizure Orders, and Freezing Orders)
  • Company Law Disputes
  • Asset Tracing
  • Financial and Banking Disputes
  • Civil Fraud Allegations
  • Trade Mark Disputes
  • Property Development Disputes
  • High Net Worth Individuals

Relevant Qualifications

  • Solicitor (England & Wales)


  • Regulatory