Background

Catherine is the branch manager for Wales and the South West ( covering Thompsons' Cardiff, Llanelli, Bristol and Plymouth offices). Catherine is also a partner in the firm.

In her role as branch manager, Catherine is responsible for leading the team of lawyers in her region to deliver excellent client service and experience. Catherine also leads a highly talented client relationship and business development team, covering Wales and the South West.

Catherine has extensive experience dealing with serious accidents at work, including those leading to amputation, burns, chronic pain and chronic back injuries. She has also dealt with manual handling injuries and injuries sustained from working at height.

As well as serious accident claims, Catherine has dealt with vicarious liability claims and industrial diseases - including repetitive strain, occupational asthma and dermatitis.

She has won millions of pounds for clients and prides herself on recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible for each client.

Catherine joined Thompsons in 1998 after graduating university and then completed her training contract with the firm. She is proud to be a part of Thompsons because she shares the firm’s vision and values. In particular - standing up for working people.

Outside of work, Catherine enjoys spending time with her two young children, managing a girls’ football team and watching rugby.

 

Catherine's case experience

  • Successfully fought a test case in the Court of Appeal, and then the Supreme Court, which established that the prison service was vicariously liable for the negligent actions of a prisoner, a new law which has been relied upon ever since.
  • Represented a group of contractors who contracted a virus known as Q Fever when carrying out renovations in a factory, which contained bacteria spores that had been lying dormant for years, recovering substantial damages for her clients.
  • Secured a £125,000 settlement for a client who had been working for his employers for only four weeks when his left hand became trapped in a press machine, resulting in the amputation of his thumb as well as post-traumatic stress. 
  • Represented a furnace worker who was injured following an explosion at work, suffering burns, tinnitus and severe post-traumatic stress and psychiatric injuries, securing £230,000 in a pre-trial settlement.
  • Recovered compensation in a nuisance and negligence case for a homeowner living close to the Murco refinery, who was able to prove she developed asthma as a result.

 

Professional membership

Catherine is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.