Kristy Ainge

Kristy Ainge

Solicitor Advocate – Litigation

 024 7649 3105
 KJA@bandhattonbutton.com

Kristy is one of the Top 3 Personal injury solicitors in Coventry according to ThreeBestRated.co.uk

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About Kristy

Why did you choose the law?

I chose to become a lawyer out of a desire to help people and do something that challenges me every day.

Tell us a bit about how you got here…

I studied part time for 7 years whilst working full time, giving me 9 years experience of working within a legal environment before qualification, and hopefully proving my high levels of determination. Immediately after qualifying, I decided to set myself a further challenge and qualified as a Solicitor Advocate within 2 months. This enables me to provide a “cradle to grave” service for all my clients, making me a good asset to any client facing litigation.

What does your day job look like?

I am now a Solicitor Advocate in our Litigation Team. My areas of expertise are as follows –

  • Contract disputes
  • Consumer disputes
  • Company/Partnership disputes
  • Neighbour/Boundary disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Advising schools in relation to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Equality Act 2010
  • Eviction of trespassers (travellers) on private and council land
  • Landlord and tenant possession proceedings
  • Commercial property disputes
  • Personal injury claims
  • Clinical negligence claims
  • Injunctions – harassment and nuisance
  • Acting for companies in respect of winding up proceedings.

I also accept agency work from other law firms in respect of advocacy.

My career highlight to date (despite only being 1 year qualified at the time) was winning a multi-track Claim in respect of flooding, boundary and harassment issues between two farmers on agricultural land. This involved a 6 day trial in the High Court and 75% of my clients’ costs were successfully awarded.

I was also proud to recently be named as a finalist at the Warwickshire Law Society Awards and was highly commended in Coventry and Warwickshire Young Professional Awards 2018.

I am a member of the Leadership Team of Coventry & Warwickshire First’s ‘Young Professionals’.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I live in Redditch, and enjoy spending time with family, friends, the most important ‘little people’ in my life – my two godchildren and also my chocolate Labrador puppy, Beau. I enjoy travelling to experience different places and cultures – my favourite to date being the Maldives!

I live by my favourite quote, “if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.”

Advocacy

Why did you choose the law?

I chose to become a lawyer out of a desire to help people and do something that challenges me every day.

Tell us a bit about how you got here…

I am a Solicitor Advocate within our litigation department having qualified as a Solicitor in December 2014, following 9 years of training whilst studying part time and working full time in law firms.

Within 2 months of qualifying, I passed my higher rights of audience qualification (civil), giving me the title, Solicitor Advocate. At the time of qualification there were only 6,426 solicitor-advocates in the country, against the 129,552 practising solicitors in the country.

My passion is advocacy and this qualification enables me to represent clients from County Court hearings, to High Court, Court of Appeal cases and even cases in the Supreme Court, which historically, prior to 1994, only Barristers were able to do. This is an asset for any client facing litigation.

I am able to represent clients at all levels, and knowing my cases inside out enables me to positively approach all hearings.

I undertake the following hearings on behalf of clients:

  • Pre Action disclosure hearings
  • Infant Approval Hearings
  • Case Management Conferences
  • Final trials
  • Interim and final Injunction hearings
  • Residential possession cases
  • Charging order hearings

I am happy to accept instructions in respect of all advocacy hearings from new clients, wishing for representation at hearings, and also other law firms in respect of agency work.

I appreciate that, particularly, with small track claims, and the general non-recoverability of costs, that parties now tend to deal with matters in person to save on legal costs, and may only require assistance at any hearing or trial. I can review the matter and provide a competitive quote, keeping costs down.

Friendly, professional and kept well informed via mail and email throughout. Advice given that we trust and are grateful for.

Lee-Ann BaileyClient - July 2018

“My solicitor was a very nice lady, very forth coming with all information about my claim. Faultless.”

Lilian WaltonClient - March 2018