Head of Dispute Resolution
My role and experience
I qualified as a solicitor in 1992 with city firm Alsop Wilkinson (now DLA Piper). I joined Morrisons as a partner in January 2015, having previously worked for UK200 firms Coffin Mew LLP and Barlow Robbins LLP. I am a highly effective litigator with significant experience of complex and high value claims.
“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.”
Duncan Swift, Moore Stephens Partner and Head of Food Advisory Group
My area of expertise
I act principally for corporate clients and entrepreneurs, dealing with high-value contract and tort claims; partnership disputes; and shareholder disputes. I also act for Insolvency Practitioners in contentious insolvency claims (such as misfeasance claims and transfers at undervalue). I have a particular interest in professional negligence actions, primarily against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and finance professionals.
My specific experience
• Defending a former company director in a misfeasance claim valued at £210,000. The claim was negotiated to compromise the day before a 4 day trial;
• Defending a claim for £230,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, secret profit and breach of contract for two former employees of a European white goods manufacturer. The opponent obtained a no-notice freezing injunction which was resolved by undertakings, but with no contribution to costs;
• Acting for a client who sought to enforce standard terms of business against a former customer to secure an indemnity for a tax demand of £1.3million levied by HMRC. The HMRC demand necessitated a successful application to expedite the trial;
• Acting in a breach of contract claim valued at £2.1million arising from a procurement run by a Local Authority.
• A transfer at undervalue claim worth £4.4million for the joint Liquidators.
• Acting for a family farming partnership to expel a partner and apply for an order that the partnership assets (valued at over £4million) should be sold, under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
My involvement with the community and associations
Having been a Woking Borough Councillor, I’m active in and interested in local and national politics.
Something you may not know
I have been white-water rafting on three continents, the most frightening of which was the Zambezi in Africa.