Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 1992 with city firm Alsop Wilkinson (now DLA Piper) and joined Morrisons 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.
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