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    James Ladbrook
    Senior Practice Manager
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    Lyndon Tiller
    Practice Manager
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    Catherine has a broad commercial Chancery practice. Her areas of work include commercial dispute resolution, trusts and estates matters, company law, financial services litigation and insolvency.

    She appears regularly in the High Court and the County Court and she is instructed frequently as sole counsel and as part of counsel teams of different sizes. Catherine’s practice consists of both domestic and international work.

    Alongside her experience as a practitioner Catherine was a Judicial Assistant in the Chancery Division of the High Court between January and April 2021.

    Examples of recent work:

    An action concerning a disputed debt: Catherine acted as sole counsel for the successful claimant at trial (held over two days and involving cross-examination). The Judge praised Catherine’s representation of the claimant and her submissions which were “easy to understand”.

    A winding up petition raising technical jurisdictional issues in the wake of Brexit: Catherine acted successfully as sole counsel for the petitioner.

    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.

    Other information

    • 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
    • Memberships

      COMBAR

      Chancery Bar Association