Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 1992 with city firm Alsop Wilkinson (now DLA Piper) and joined Morr & Co as a partner in January 2015, having previously worked for UK200 firms Coffin Mew LLP and Barlow Robbins LLP. Catherine is a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) and also sits as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit.
Catherine acts principally for corporate clients and entrepreneurs, dealing with high-value contract and tort claims; partnership disputes; and shareholder disputes. She also acts for Insolvency Practitioners in contentious insolvency claims (such as misfeasance claims and transfers at undervalue). Catherine has a particular interest in professional negligence actions, primarily against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and finance professionals and is a member of the PNLA and CLAN.
Something you may not know
Catherine is something of an adrenaline junkie. She is a keen skier and horsewoman; and has been white-water rafting on three continents.
Duncan Swift, Moore Stephens Partner and Head of Food Advisory Group
Catherine is a highly effective litigation lawyer….she combines incisive, to the point, clear-thinking with a no-nonsense yet inclusive style which is impressive and in little evidence outside of the top London firms.
Examples of work
Family business dispute
Acting for a shareholder director of a family-owned company in a breach of fiduciary duty / breach of contract/ section 994 Companies Act 2006 claim in order to secure a buy-out of our client’s shareholding, valued at £3million.
Acting in a family partnership in a claim for an account of profits, where the claimant’s claim was that he had been deprived of a very substantial profit share.
Private client dispute
Defending a possession and money claim valued at just under £1million brought by a high street bank, in reliance on an Enduring Power of Attorney that had been fraudulently mis-used by our client’s son to build up a buy-to-let portfolio. Successfully negotiated a settlement that enabled our client to keep her assets.
Commercial contract disputes
Acting for a global logistics company in a dispute over passing off, mis-use of company assets and termination of employment, working together with our employment team to achieve a successful resolution for the client
Acting for a global manufacturing company in a dispute over the fitness for purpose of goods from a third party supplier, advising on liability and contribution claims and enabling the client to negotiation a compromise in an on-going commercial relationship with its opponent.
Acted for a client in dispute with a Local Authority over termination of a contract for services, resulting in a negotiated compromise for a re-tender of the services in which our client was entitled to participate
Successfully concluding an overage dispute on behalf of a developer, by referral to expert determination.
Marie successfully defended me from a false claim brought by a difficult complainant. Thanks for being responsive and grasping the matter quic...
We would not hesitate to recommend Morrisons. They gave us great advice and were always available to discuss our matter in more detail.
Matthew Hearsum listened to my constant chatter with such patience. He repeatedly explained things I didn't understand with clarity and good g...
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