Catherine advises predominately UK-domiciled clients on all elements of succession planning, including preparing wills and advising on guardianship, trusts and powers of attorney. Catherine also advises on complex probates and the long-term management and operation of trusts.
An associate in the Private Client team, Catherine is practical and approachable and builds constructive and efficient working relationships with clients and their other advisers.
Much of Catherine's work is for high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals and families who are concerned with preserving their wealth and maintaining family relations when passing assets from one generation to another. This takes careful long-term planning and assets might include property, businesses, chattels, pension benefits, royalties or investments. Catherine works for clients including entrepreneurs, senior City executives, high-profile celebrities, rural estate owners, artists and family business owners.
Catherine is pragmatic and commercially minded. She is personable, diplomatic and motivated by engaging with clients and collaborating with them and their existing advisers. Catherine explains complex legal issues in clear, concise language.
Catherine collaborates with colleagues throughout the firm to achieve the best outcome for her clients. For example, advising the trustees of a family trust in relation to the sale of a family business (by the firm's Corporate team) in which the trust owned a stake. This work also involved working with the firm's Family team to ensure sale proceeds received personally by family members (as well as other assets) were suitably protected.
Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 2013.
In September 2016 Catherine was named one of Private Client Practitioner’s top 35 private client professionals aged under 35.
Catherine went to Manchester University and then BPP Law School in London. After joining Farrer & Co as a trainee in 2011 Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 2013.
Before becoming a solicitor Catherine worked in retail and as a freelance fashion stylist before going to law school in 2008, working as a paralegal for a television production company in 2010 and joining the firm in 2011 as a trainee.