Catherine is a Senior Associate specialising in brain injury claims as a result of clinical negligence. She has considerable experience representing both children and adults who have suffered brain damage as a result of medical treatment including claims involving strokes, hypoxia (lack of oxygen), negligent treatment with drugs or anaesthetic, surgical negligence and birth injuries. Catherine regularly represents children suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of birth injuries or negligent neonatal care. She also handles a broad range of other clinical negligence claims including obstetric injuries.
Catherine is based in the Oxford office, but has clients throughout the South of England. She regularly visits clients at home or at the offices in Birmingham or London.
Catherine has a proven track record of securing good results (including multi-million pound settlements) in complex cases involving life changing neurological injuries to ensure her cliemts and their families have the support, aids and equipment and accommodation they need going forward. She is a strong negotiator who has been praised for her confidence and conviction when fighting for the best outcome for her clients.
Recent cases include a settlement of over £23 million, with scope to return to the court to increase the level of the annual care payments if circumstances change, for a child with cerebral palsy who whilst physically capable had global developmental delay and significant behavioural difficulties.
Catherine is highly recommended for the way she helps to guide people through the complicated and technical legal process. She is praised for her “patience and positivity” and for her supportive, empathetic approach – helping reduce the stress of litigation during what can be a difficult and emotional time.
Catherine is an Legal Panelist for AVMA, the specialist charity dealing with medical accidents, and an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Senior Litigator. She is recommended and accreditated as “a Next Generation Lawyer” by the Legal 500.
She is on the ABIL (Acquired Brain Injury London Forum) executive committee and volunteers with several brain injury charities including her local branch of Headway. She is also a Trustee of Different Strokes.
“Catherine’s service to us was invaluable, beyond the job description, she was an enormous support and kept us going through the darkest of times.”
“Catherine has exceeded our expectations enormously in every way. We genuinely cannot think of one way that improvements could be made. Catherine’s service to us was invaluable, beyond the job description, she was an enormous support and kept us going through the darkest of times.”
“I want to thank you so much for everything, I am so glad we found you, because of you, our lives will hopefully be a lot less stressful. Even though it cannot fix my health problems, it at least gives us peace of mind that whatever may happen in the future, we have choices we may never had had before, so thank you again, we appreciate every single thing you have done for us.”
“I am very happy how Catherine dealt with the case…Catherine kept focus on the details of the case and advised throughout, she ensured that the case progressed and I was kept informed. Also she negotiated a very good final settlement.”