Catherine is the Branch Manager for Thompsons Wales and the South West (Cardiff, and Llanelli, Bristol and Plymouth). Catherine is also a member (partner) in the firm.
In her role as branch manager, Catherine is responsible for leading the team of lawyers in her region in delivering 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 straight from university and then completed her training contract with the firm and 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.
Successful personal injury compensation claims
Below you will find a small selection of the successful personal injury cases which Catherine has dealt with:-
COX V MOJ- Supreme Court
Catherine fought a test case around vicarious liability and whether the prison service was vicariously liable for the negligent actions of a prisoner. This went to the Court of Appeal and then the Supreme Court where Catherine’s client was successful. This case established new law and has been relied upon in many vicarious liability cases since.
Contractors exposed to q Fever at work
A group of contractors who were carrying out renovations in a factory had to remove and then break up strawboard that had been used to line the factory walls. This turned out to contain bacteria spores that had been lying dormant for years.
When the spores were released during the renovations, the workers contracted a virus known as Q Fever, a rare infectious condition causing a range of symptoms from flu to endocarditis, a serious bacterial infection of the heart valves.
The factory owner’s insurers denied liability but thanks to evidence unearthed by Catherine and her team, they settled on the first day of the trial and her clients recovered substantial damages.
Thumb amputated after being caught in press machine
Catherine’s client had been working for his employers for only four weeks when his left hand became trapped in a press machine, causing a traumatic amputation of his thumb and post-traumatic stress.
As the machine was not properly guarded, Catherine was able to prove that the employer was in breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.
The employer’s insurers admitted liability for the claim but disputed the extent of the injuries. Catherine was able to achieve a £125,000 settlement without the claim proceeding to trial.
Explosion at furnace
A furnace worker was injured followed an explosion at work in which he suffered burns. He later developed tinnitus, serious post-traumatic stress and psychiatric injuries.
The employer’s insurers admitted liability and Catherine negotiated a £230,000 pre-trial settlement.
Catherine successfully recovered compensation in a nuisance and negligence case for a homeowner living close to the Murco refinery, who she was able to prove developed asthma as a result.
Catherine is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.