Katherine Allen


Katherine has practised in the field of International Personal Injury and Travel Litigation since 1999. 

Katherine acts for Claimants in cases across the whole range of travel personal injury litigation including package holiday claims, foreign RTAs, aviation accidents, accidents on cruise ships, foreign employers and occupier’s liability claims.  She has over 18 years’ experience in this field and has particular expertise in serious brain and spinal injury cases and cases involving points relating to jurisdiction and applicable law. She has also advised clients who have been touched directly by terrorist attacks abroad, such as the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the beach attack in Sousse, Tunisia. 

Katherine is recognised by defendant lawyers in this area as an expert in the field and this has led to referrals of clients from defendant solicitors practising in this area. 

She is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as a specialist in cases involving accidents and illness abroad and she regularly lectures for APIL.  She is an active member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) and is chair of PEOPIL's Road Traffic Accident European Exchange Group.  She is also a member of the Travel and Tourism Lawyers' Association and of the American Association for Justice.

Work History

Katherine joined Hugh James on 30 August 2016 as a Partner, coming from Slater & Gordon, with 20 years’ experience having qualified in 1996.


Hugh James has an ‘excellent reputation in the field of international claims’ and the team is ‘not afraid to get their hands dirty and pursue difficult claims with intricate cross border issues’. It represents claimants in travel personal injury cases and represented a claimant who suffered injuries as a result of a motor accident in France.

The Legal 500


She is an expert in cross-border litigation and does not shy away from the most difficult cases.

Chambers and Partners UK


Katherine Allen is prepared to go the extra mile.

The Legal 500