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    Catherine joined Chambers in October 2020 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She was supervised by Heather Murphy, Daniel Warents, Oliver Assersohn and Erin Hitchens. Catherine gained experience across a range of areas as a pupil and she is looking to develop a commercial chancery practice in line with Chambers’ profile. Prior to commencing pupillage Catherine worked as a teacher and as a social programme leader.

    During pupillage Catherine has been involved with:

    • An appeal of an application to wind up a BVI company presented on the just and equitable ground.
    • An advice to beneficiaries regarding a potential challenge to the validity of a will on the basis of testamentary capacity.
    • An application for a proprietary injunction over assets transferred out of the jurisdiction and held on trust.

    Prior to commencing pupillage Catherine worked as a teacher and as a social programme leader.

    Areas of experience

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    • Arbitration
      • During pupillage Catherine drafted an arbitration pleading in respect of a dispute over a success fee.
      • Prior to pupillage Catherine represented Middle Temple at the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration moot which concerned a CISG contract and procedural questions under the Uncitral rules.
    • Banking and Financial Services

      During pupillage Catherine has been involved with:

      • A dispute concerning the alleged mis-selling of a mortgage.
      • An advice in respect of an FCA enforcement action against an individual.
    • Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery

      During pupillage Catherine assisted with various matters in the area of fraud and asset recovery. She has been involved in:

      • A week-long trial in the Chancery Division in which there were allegations of document falsification.
      • A dispute concerning multiple allegations of misrepresentation in relation to franchise agreements.
      • A claim for breach of warranty arising out of a share purchase agreement involving allegations of wilful concealment.
    • Commercial Litigation

      Catherine has been involved in a wide range of commercial matters during pupillage, including:

      • An application for summary judgment in which there were allegations of duress, misrepresentation and unfair practice contrary to s.140A Consumer Credit Act 1974.
      • A dispute arising out of a complex arrangement for the provision of goods and services which gave rise to considerations of breach of contract, unlawful interference with goods and unjust enrichment.
      • A dispute concerning a guarantee of a facility agreement.
      • A dispute concerning the purported exercise of a contractual termination right.
      • An application for a gagging order.
    • Company

      During pupillage Catherine gained experience in a range of company law matters. For example, Catherine has been involved in:

      • An application for the appointment of a receiver over a company in the context of a multi-jurisdictional dispute.
      • An advice on the effect of a share option contract.
    • Insolvency

      Catherine has been involved with various matters relating to insolvency, including an application to set aside a statutory demand and a winding up petition.

    • International & Offshore

      During pupillage Catherine has been involved regularly in disputes with an international and offshore dimension, including:

      • An appeal in respect of an application to wind up a BVI company on the just and equitable ground.
      • Applications in the BVI for relief pending appeal.
      • Disputes concerning companies incorporated in Bermuda and the Cayman Isles.
    • Trusts, Probate & Estates

      During pupillage Catherine has gained experience of matters involving trusts and estates. Catherine has been involved with:

      • A claim by trustees against professional advisers in relation to a protective life interest in trust assets.
      • An advice for a beneficiary regarding a potential challenge to the substantial validity of a will.
      • The preparation of a claim against a personal representative in respect of allegedly wrongful distributions from an estate.
      • The drafting of a settlement agreement following a challenge to an estate pursuant to the 1975 Act.

    Academic history

    • LLM Legal Practice (Barristers), Distinction
    • GDL, City University, Distinction
    • BA History, First Class

    Scholarships and Awards

    • Middle Temple South Square Award, 2017
    • BPP Excellence Award, 2017
    • BPP Advocacy Award, 2017
    • City Law School scholarship, 2016