Year of call: 1996
Silk: 2014
E: cgibaud@3vb.com

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Catherine Gibaud specialises in commercial litigation and advisory work. Catherine has particular experience in disputes involving banking and financial services (mis-selling of complex financial products and derivatives, ISDA issues, swaps cases and cases with multiple financial and economic experts) complex contractual disputes, insolvency, financial services/regulatory issues, contentious chancery/commercial work and negligence claims involving financial professionals.


“She’s very incisive and able, gets to the root of problems quickly and provides clear advice. She does not sit on the fence and has a quick and responsive turnaround even with difficult pieces of work.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2016

“known for her regulatory work, and is a popular choice for mis-selling claims and structured product disputes”

Chambers & Partners UK 2013

Catherine's recent cases include:

Presently (2015) acting for Liquidators in the $1 billion liquidation of the Carlyle Capital Corporation (“CCC”) bringing claims against directors and investment managers of CCC for breaches of contract, negligence, wilful  misconduct, breaches of fiduciary duty, and/or wrongful trading under s.67C Companies Law 1994 (Guernsey). Issues relating to RMBS, haircuts, liquidity cushion, leverage, wrongful trading - due to go to trial for six months during 2016. Instructed by Lipman Karas.

Presently (2015) advising Housing Association on dispute with Lenders relating to a £260 million loan agreement, issues relating to proper construction of clause relating to release of security. Instructed by Trowers and Hamlins.

Presently (2015) advising and defending Export Guarantee Company of India in relation to claims in Commercial Court relating to alleged breaches of contract in the context of reinsurance of exporters' receivables from Iraq during first and second Gulf wars. Instructed by IWG.

Acting (2014/2015) for Guernsey Financial Services Commission (“GFSC”) in long running dispute with directors of Channel Island Stock Exchange.  Instructed by GFSC.

Acting for Lloyd's Bank (2014) in multi million pound derivatives swaps case. Instructed by Pinsent Masons.

Forsta AP-Fonden v New York Mellon SA/NV and others (2013) Acted successfully for Claimant in litigation against former discretionary investment advisers on securities lending cash collateral account. Issues of breach of mandate, securities lending market practice, professional negligence and fiduciary duties. Six week trial in June 2013 led to Judgment for Claimant. Led by Ali Malek QC.

Commerzbank v Novelis (2012). Acted for Defendant company in dispute about aluminium derivative swaps to the value of $3.5million effected on LME using ISDA agreements. Novel and difficult points of law on rectification and ISDA. Each side claimed $3.5million was owed by the other. Settled just before trial in December 2012.

Camerata Property Inc v Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd [2011] EWHC 479 (Comm); [2011] 2 BCLC 54 [2011] 1 CLC 627; [2011] All ER (D) 145 (Mar), Andrew Smith. Acted for Credit Suisse defending claims of negligent advice and gross negligence in sale of structured five year euro/dollar note purchased by the claimant for $US12m with Lehman credit risk; issue as to whether there is a distinction between gross negligence and ordinary negligence; whether limitation of liability to gross negligence fair and reasonable on Bank's standard terms; whether bank liable for failure to foresee and warn of Lehman Brothers collapse; Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, s 11. Led by Adrian Beltrami QC.

Acting for two Housing Associations in disputes (2010, 2012) with a group of lenders over £85million Facility Agreement and £100 million Facility Agreement with issues of inter alia interest cover ratios and proper construction of the clauses relevant to the calculation of these ratios; proper construction of clauses in Agreements.

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (formerly known as Calyon) v Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacynego PZL Swidnik SA. Three week trial before David Steele J in November 2010 (settled before Judgment). Acted for the bank in multimillion $ dispute under ISDA Master agreements claiming on a set of foreign currency exchange derivatives (TRFs and SRFs); defending allegations by former client as to lack of authority, misrepresentation, ISDA issues, mis-selling and negligence, issues of Polish law. Led by Jonathan Gaisman QC.

Springwell Navigation Corporation (a body corporate) v JP Morgan Chase Bank (a body corporate) (formerly known as the Chase Manhattan Bank) and others [2010] EWCA Civ 1221; [2010] 2 CLC 705 Claimant Springwell incurred substantial losses in relation to Russian GKO bonds; Bank was found not liable in breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent mis-statement and/or misrepresentation; Bank being found properly to have claimed force majeure and terminated contract. Gloster J's judgment upheld by Court of Appeal (Rix, Rimer, Aikens LJJ) Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 2848 (Comm) 21 November 2008; Gloster J's judgment ordering that Springwell should pay 65% of J P Morgan Chase's costs of the action on an indemnity basis). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 1793 (Comm) 25 July 2008; (Gloster J's judgment in relation to post-default claims). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 1186 (Comm) 27 May 2008; [2008] All ER (D) 167 (Jun) (Gloster J's judgment on duty of care, contractual estoppel, misrepresentation and other pre-default claims). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2006] EWHC 2755 (3 November 2006); [2007] 1 All ER (Comm) 549 (Aikens J) (Issues as to admission of expert evidence in substantial commercial cases and guidance as to principles to be applied when deciding whether the evidence should be admitted under CPR35.1). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

Instructed (2008) by Stephenson Harwood in relation to pre-action disclosure dispute between two banks in a dispute about misselling of a complex derivative instrument. BCCI v. Bank of America (2003) (Chancery Division) (Claim by BCCI liquidators against Bank of America for fraudulent trading under s.215 Insolvency Act: issues of banking and insolvency). Led by Robin Dicker QC, Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami.

Teambrook Limited v Standard Bank London Ltd (2005) (Contractual dispute concerning margined trades in platinum group metals on the London Platinum and Palladium market; litigation settled out of court).

Société Bordelaise de CIC v. Chesswood Produce Limited (2002) (Chancery Division) (Acting for claimant, summary judgment obtained in claim on cheques as inland bills under Bills of Exchange Act. Conflicts issues as to applicable law, validity, transferability, enforcement and indorsement of cheques. Litigation settled 2003).

Barclays Bank v. Alcorn (Chancery Division, Hart J, 11.03.02; appeal by defendants to CA dismissed [2002] EWCA Civ 817); [20 (Acting for Bank in mortgage action where issues on appeal from county court to Chancery Division included construction of s.36 AJA; whether s.36 compatible with Article 8 ECHR and/or Article 1 of First Protocol. Interaction of human rights with common law rules as to mortgagee's right to possession).

Ahmed v. Habib Bank Ltd (CA, Mummery LJ and Sir Martin Nourse) [2001] EWCA Civ 1270; Carnwath J, The Times, 2 November 2000; (Application to set aside registration of Pakistani judgment based on three bank guarantees; Issues of fraud on the guarantees, construction of the Act; conflicts of law and jurisdiction). Led by Richard Salter QC.

Royal Bank of Scotland v Wallace International Ltd (CA, Morritt, May LJJ Wall J 27.1.2000) (Issues of whether transfer of funds constituted intercompany loan or trust funds, issues of tracing, knowledge and notice on the part of the bank, acquiescence and estoppel. Successfully resisted appeal.) Led by Anthony Boswood QC and Andrew Sutcliffe.

Morgan Stanley International v. Alfio Puglisi Cosentino [1998] CLC 481 (Commercial Court Longmore J) (Definition of a "derivative" for purposes of FSA 1986; transaction involving "principal exchange rate linked securities" (PERLS) was a derivative under FSA; issues re enforcement of derivative contract against "private customer"). Led by Barbara Dohmann QC.

Cases Include:

Sita UK Group Holdings Ltd v Serruys and others (2008) Instructed to act for the defendants (with Adrian Beltrami QC) in £100million fraud case where claimants allege fraudulent breach of warranty after acquisition of the business.

Instructed by DTI/BERR (2008) to advise in relation to possible claims in deceit, misrepresentation and restitution of monies paid by mistake.

Re UK-Euro Group plc [2006] EWHC 2102 (Ch); [2007] 1 BCLC 812 (26.7.06) (Company engaged in a share sale fraud, breaches of Public Offer of Securities Regulations and FSMA 2000 in offering shares to the public, successfully acted for DTI in appointing provisional liquidator and in the subsequent contested hearing to wind up the company in the public interest, exposing the fraudulent company director as a result; issues under s.124A Insolvency Act).

BCCI v. Bank of America (2003) (Chancery Division) (Claim by BCCI liquidators against Bank of America for fraudulent trading under s.215 Insolvency Act: issues of banking and insolvency). Led by Robin Dicker QC, Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami.

Instructed by TSOL on behalf of the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry (DTI) or the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) in the following cases:

Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Magna Group plc, Magna Engineering Limited, Magna Recycling Limited, Magna Toughened Glass Limited (Acting for Secretary of State in obtaining freezing order against director of defendant companies pending appointment of provisional liquidator) Patten J (ChD) 9.12.08.

The Commissioner for Police of the Metropolis v Nazir Ahmed (deceased), Irshad Begum and S&F Stafflink Limited - Instructed by TSOL for the Official Receiver in the matter of an application for forfeiture of detained cash in an "honour killing" case under s297 POCA (2008).

Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Charter Financial Solutions Ltd, Charter Financial Solutions (UK) Ltd, Finance Select (UK) Ltd, Bounce World Ltd, Trash Express UK Ltd (winding up in the public interest) (2008).

Re UK-Euro Group plc [2006] EWHC 2102 (Ch); [2007] 1 BCLC 812 (26.7.06) (Company engaged in a share sale fraud, breaches of Public Offer of Securities Regulations and FSMA 2000 in offering shares to the public, successfully acted for DTI in appointing provisional liquidator and in the subsequent contested hearing to wind up the company in the public interest, exposing the fraudulent company director as a result; issues under s.124A Insolvency Act).

In the matter of Spectral Sound Limited and others (winding up in the public interest, false accounting, fraud).

In the matter of Extensa Limited (fraudulent use of company; "hijack companies"; winding up in the public interest).

In the matter of Direct Trade Services (winding up in the public interest, using the company as a vehicle for fraud). (winding up in the public interest, false accounting, fraud).

In the matter of Absolute Mortgages Direct Limited, Absolute Bridging Direct Limited, Your New Homes Limited and in the matter of Candy Care Limited (winding up in the public interest, false accounting, fraud).

In the matter of Club LaBourse Travel Limited and TAG World Services Limited (winding up in the public interest).

In the matter of Premier Capital Investments Limited and others (issues relating to winding up in the public interest, DDA).

Cases include:

Presently (2015) acting for Liquidators in the $1 billion liquidation of the Carlyle Capital Corporation (“CCC”) bringing claims against directors and investment managers of CCC for breaches of contract, negligence, wilful  misconduct, breaches of fiduciary duty, and/or wrongful trading under s.67C Companies Law 1994 (Guernsey). Issues relating to RMBS, haircuts, liquidity cushion, leverage, wrongful trading - due to go to trial for six months during 2016. Instructed by Lipman Karas.

Presently (2015) advising Housing Association on dispute with Lenders relating to a £260 million loan agreement, issues relating to proper construction of clause relating to release of security. Instructed by Trowers and Hamlins.

Presently (2015) advising and defending Export Guarantee Company of India in relation to claims in Commercial Court relating to alleged breaches of contract in the context of reinsurance of exporters' receivables from Iraq during first and second Gulf wars. Instructed by IWG.

Acting (2014/2015) for Guernsey Financial Services Commission (“GFSC”) in long running dispute with directors of Channel Island Stock Exchange.  Instructed by GFSC.

Acting for Lloyd's Bank (2014) in multi million pound derivatives swaps case. Instructed by Pinsent Masons.

Acting in a multi-million pound partnership dispute involving rights to tobacco franchises in Africa (2014) led by Barbara Dohmann QC. Instructed by BLP.

Forsta AP-Fonden v New York Mellon SA/NV and others (2013) Acting for Claimant in on-going litigation against former discretionary investment advisers on securities lending cash collateral account. Issues of breach of mandate, securities lending market practice, professional negligence and fiduciary duties. Six week trial scheduled for June 2013. Led by Ali Malek QC.

Commerzbank v Novelis (2012) Acted for Defendant company in dispute about aluminium derivative swaps to the value of $3.5million effected on LME using ISDA agreements. Novel and difficult points of law on rectification and ISDA. Each side claimed $3.5million was owed by the other. Settled before trial in December 2012.

Procter & Gamble Co and other companies v Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA and another company [2012] EWCA Civ 1413 (CA) (Rix, Moore-Bick and Lewison LJJ, upholding judgment of Hildyard J at [201 Dispute about Sale and Purchase Agreement and proper construction of clauses dealing with currency of account and currency of payment; whether exchange rate to convert to currency of payment should be fixed or floating on the proper construction of the SPA. Led by Andrew Onslow QC.

Camerata Property Inc v Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd [2011] EWHC 479 (Comm); [2011] 2 BCLC 54 [2011] 1 CLC 627; [2011] All ER (D) 145 (Mar), Andrew Smith Acted for Credit Suisse defending claims of negligent advice and gross negligence in sale of structured five year euro/dollar note purchased by the claimant for $US12m with Lehman credit risk; issue as to whether there is a distinction between gross negligence and ordinary negligence; whether limitation of liability to gross negligence fair and reasonable on Bank's standard terms; whether bank liable for failure to foresee and warn of Lehman Brothers collapse; Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, s 11. Led by Adrian Beltrami QC.

Acting for two Housing Associations in disputes (2010, 2012) with a group of lenders over £85million Facility Agreement and £100 million Facility Agreement with issues of inter alia interest cover ratios and proper construction of the clauses relevant to the calculation of these ratios; proper construction of clauses in Agreements.

Springwell Navigation Corporation (a body corporate) v JP Morgan Chase Bank (a body corporate) (formerly known as the Chase Manhattan Bank) and others [2010] EWCA Civ 1221; [2010] 2 CLC 705 Claimant Springwell incurred substantial losses in relation to Russian GKO bonds; Bank was found not liable in breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent mis-statement and/or misrepresentation; Bank being found properly to have claimed force majeure and terminated contract. Gloster J's judgment upheld by Court of Appeal (Rix, Rimer, Aikens LJJ) Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 2848 (Comm) 21 November 2008; Gloster J's judgment ordering that Springwell should pay 65% of J P Morgan Chase's costs of the action on an indemnity basis). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 1793 (Comm) 25 July 2008; (Gloster J's judgment in relation to post-default claims). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 1186 (Comm) 27 May 2008; [2008] All ER (D) 167 (Jun) (Gloster J's judgment on duty of care, contractual estoppel, misrepresentation and other pre-default claims). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2006] EWHC 2755 (3 November 2006); [2007] 1 All ER (Comm) 549 (Aikens J) (Issues as to admission of expert evidence in substantial commercial cases and guidance as to principles to be applied when deciding whether the evidence should be admitted under CPR35.1). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

Teambrook Limited v Standard Bank London Ltd (2005) (Contractual dispute concerning margined trades in platinum group metals on the London Platinum and Palladium market; litigation settled out of court).

BC International Limited (UK distributor of Playboy Clothing) v Caprice Bourret (2004) (Issues of forum non conveniens - New York/London).

BCCI v. Bank of America (2003) (Chancery Division) (Claim by BCCI liquidators against Bank of America for fraudulent trading under s.215 Insolvency Act: issues of banking and insolvency). Led by Robin Dicker QC, Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami.

Child-Villiers v Aon Risk Services (UK) Ltd [2002] EWCA Civ 1118; [2002] ALL ER (D) 410 (Jun) (Lord Phillips MR, May and Law LJJ) (Successful appeal to CA. Issues of contract, quantum meruit and credibility of witnesses).

Sophie Dahl v Marie Claire (2002) (Issues of breach of contract, right to protection of the Claimant's image and reputation, Article 8 ECHR).

Melinda Messenger v Arcadia Management (London) Limited and others (2001-2002) (Acted for Melinda Messenger in dispute with agents, action for breach of contract, breach of trust and an account).

Société Bordelaise de CIC v. Chesswood Produce Limited (2002) (Chancery Division) (Acting for claimant, summary judgment obtained in claim on cheques as inland bills under Bills of Exchange Act. Conflicts issues as to applicable law, validity, transferability, enforcement and indorsement of cheques. Litigation settled 2003).

Ahmed v. Habib Bank Ltd (CA, Mummery LJ and Sir Martin Nourse) [2001] EWCA Civ 1270; Carnwath J, The Times, 2 November 2000; (Application to set aside registration of Pakistani judgment based on three bank guarantees; Issues of fraud on the guarantees, construction of the Act; conflicts of law and jurisdiction). Led by Richard Salter QC.

Skrine & Co & others v. Euromoney Publications plc & ors (CA, Pill, May LJJ, Rimer J) [2001] EWCA Civ 1479 The Times 10.11.2000; [2001] All ER (D) 134 (Oct) (Contribution proceedings under 1978 Act; Issues concerning Human Rights Act 1998, justiciability, comity). Led by Ian Geering QC.

Lincoln v. Citicorp (£20m litigation arising out of indemnity clause in sale agreement relating to pension mis-selling claims, settled October 2000). Led by Andrew Onslow QC.

Smith v Probyn and PGA European Tour Ltd (Morland J, 25.2.2000) The Times 29 March 2000,144 SJLB 134 (Service of claim form under the CPR invalid where no prior written confirmation obtained that solicitors were authorised to accept service).

Reliance National and others v Provident Medical Limited (Commercial Court, Longmore J, 21.7.00) (Acting for Claimants in successful application to deliver up documents under injunction). Led by Rory Phillips QC.

Hodgson and others v. Imperial Tobacco Ltd and anr (Wright J, 4.2.99) ("Tobacco Litigation", product liability group action: whether Court should exercise discretion under s.33 Limitation Act 1980 in relation to claims brought by lung cancer sufferers against the tobacco companies). Led by Justin Fenwick QC.

Hadley v. Kemp [1999] EMLR 589 (Park J, Ch Div). (Acted for band members of Spandau Ballet in dispute with Gary Kemp over publishing income and issues as to joint authorship in the musical works). Led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC.

Morgan Stanley International v. Alfio Puglisi Cosentino [1998] CLC 481 (Commercial Court Longmore J) (Definition of a "derivative" for purposes of FSA 1986; transaction involving "principal exchange rate linked securities" (PERLS) was a derivative under FSA; issues re enforcement of derivative contract against "private customer"). Led by Barbara Dohmann QC.

Cases Include:

Acting (2014/2015) for Guernsey Financial Services Commission (“GFSC”) in long running dispute with directors of Channel Island Stock Exchange.  Instructed by GFSC.

Acting for Lloyd's Bank (2014) in multi million pound derivatives swaps case. Instructed by Pinsent Masons.

In the matter of AXA Reinsurance Limited, Axa Global Risks (UK) Limited, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Instructed by the FSA in the matter of the application under FSMA to the court to sanction the transfer of insurance business from Axa Reinsurance UK Limited to Axa Global Risks (UK) Limited and ancillary orders) (Warren J, 2.12.08).

Momentum Homes v W H Ireland (2008) Acting for claimants against their stockbrokers alleging negligent financial advice, misselling and breach of FSMA.

In the matter of Satellite Protection Services Limited (in provisional liquidation) (29 July 2008, Patten J ChD) Acting for the FSA in an application by a provisional liquidator where the issue was whether the product sold by the company was or was not a contract of insurance.

In the matter of the Equitable Life Assurance Society, The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 [2007] EWHC 3128 (Chancery Division, The Chancellor 30.11.07) (Instructed by the FSA in the matter of the application under FSMA to the court to sanction the transfer of business from Equitable to the Prudential and ancillary orders). Led by Ian Glick QC.

Royal & Sun Alliance v British Engine and others [2006] EWHC 2947 (Chancery Division, David Richards J, 17.10.06) [2006] All ER (D) 196 (Oct) (instructed by the FSA in the application to the court under FSMA for the sanction of the scheme for the transfer of insurance business).

Re UK-Euro Group plc [2006] EWHC 2102 (Ch); [2007] 1 BCLC 812 (26.7.06) (Company engaged in a share sale fraud, breaches of Public Offer of Securities Regulations and FSMA 2000 in offering shares to the public, successfully acted for DTI in appointing provisional liquidator and in the subsequent contested hearing to wind up the company in the public interest, exposing the fraudulent company director as a result; issues under s.124A Insolvency Act).

Lincoln v. Citicorp (£20m litigation arising out of indemnity clause in sale agreement relating to pension mis-selling claims, settled October 2000). Led by Andrew Onslow QC.

Recent cases include:

Presently (2015) acting for Liquidators in the $1 billion liquidation of the Carlyle Capital Corporation (“CCC”) bringing claims against directors and investment managers of CCC for breaches of contract, negligence, wilful  misconduct, breaches of fiduciary duty, and/or wrongful trading under s.67C Companies Law 1994 (Guernsey). Issues relating to RMBS, haircuts, liquidity cushion, leverage, wrongful trading - due to go to trial for six months during 2016. Instructed by Lipman Karas.

In the matter of Portsmouth Football Club (2010) Limited (17/2/12, Norris J Chancery Division) Acted for HMRC in the application to appoint administrators of Portsmouth Football Club before Norris J and successfully resisted appointment of Directors' choice of administrators on grounds of conflict of interest.

Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Football League Ltd and another [2013] 1 BCLC 285; [2012] EWHC 1372 (Ch), David Richards J Acted for HMRC in proceedings against the Football League relating to the "Football Credit Rules" on insolvency. Issues as to what property was available for distribution on insolvency of a football club; principles of Anti-deprivation and Pari Passu ; Payment of particular unsecured creditors in priority to other creditors when football club placed in administration; whether pari passu principle and anti-deprivation rule applied to company in administration; whether football creditor rules contravening pari passu principle and anti-deprivation rule. Led by Gregory Mitchell QC.

Cambridge Gas Transport v Committee of Creditors of Navigator Holdings [2006] UKPC 26 Advising in relation to issues of recognition and enforcement of US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in common law jurisdictions). Led by Ewan McQuater QC.

BCCI v. Bank of America (2003) (Chancery Division) (Claim by BCCI liquidators against Bank of America for fraudulent trading under s.215 Insolvency Act: issues of banking and insolvency). Led by Robin Dicker QC, Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami.

Instructed by TSOL on behalf of the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry (DTI) or the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) in the following cases:

Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Magna Group plc, Magna Engineering Limited, Magna Recycling Limited, Magna Toughened Glass Limited (Acting for Secretary of State in obtaining freezing order against director of defendant companies pending appointment of provisional liquidator) Patten J (ChD) 9.12.08.

The Commissioner for Police of the Metropolis v Nazir Ahmed (deceased), Irshad Begum and S&F Stafflink Limited - Instructed by TSOL for the Official Receiver in the matter of an application for forfeiture of detained cash in an "honour killing" case under s297 POCA (2008).

Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Charter Financial Solutions Ltd, Charter Financial Solutions (UK) Ltd, Finance Select (UK) Ltd, Bounce World Ltd, Trash Express UK Ltd (winding up in the public interest) (2008).

Re UK-Euro Group plc [2006] EWHC 2102 (Ch); [2007] 1 BCLC 812 (26.7.06) (Company engaged in a share sale fraud, breaches of Public Offer of Securities Regulations and FSMA 2000 in offering shares to the public, successfully acted for DTI in appointing provisional liquidator and in the subsequent contested hearing to wind up the company in the public interest, exposing the fraudulent company director as a result; issues under s.124A Insolvency Act).

In the matter of Spectral Sound Limited and others (winding up in the public interest, false accounting, fraud).

In the matter of Extensa Limited (fraudulent use of company; "hijack companies"; winding up in the public interest).

In the matter of Direct Trade Services (winding up in the public interest, using the company as a vehicle for fraud). (winding up in the public interest, false accounting, fraud).

In the matter of Absolute Mortgages Direct Limited, Absolute Bridging Direct Limited, Your New Homes Limited In the matter of Candy Care Limited (winding up in the public interest, false accounting, fraud).

In the matter of Club LaBourse Travel Limited and TAG World Services Limited (winding up in the public interest).

In the matter of Premier Capital Investments Limited and others (issues relating to winding up in the public interest, DDA).

Cases include:

Presently (2015) advising and defending Export Guarantee Company of India in relation to claims in Commercial Court relating to alleged breaches of contract in the context of reinsurance of exporters' receivables from Iraq during first and second Gulf wars. Instructed by IWG.

In the matter of AXA Reinsurance Limited, Axa Global Risks (UK) Limited, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Instructed by the FSA in the matter of the application under FSMA to the court to sanction the transfer of insurance business from Axa Reinsurance UK Limited to Axa Global Risks (UK) Limited and ancillary orders) (Warren J, 2.12.08).

In the matter of Satellite Protection Services Limited (in provisional liquidation) (29 July 2008, Patten J ChD) Acting for the FSA in an application by a provisional liquidator where the issue was whether the product sold by the company was or was not a contract of insurance.

In the matter of the Equitable Life Assurance Society, The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 [2007] EWHC 3128 (Chancery Division, The Chancellor 30.11.07) (Instructed by the FSA in the matter of the application under FSMA to the court to sanction the transfer of business from Equitable to the Prudential and ancillary orders). Led by Ian Glick QC.

Outokumpo Stainless v. Axa [2007] EWHC] 2555 Comm Ct. Acted for the Claimants in relation to issues of coverage for radiation contamination under the policy. Led by Christopher Symons QC (did not do hearing as was in Springwell trial).

Royal & Sun Alliance v British Engine and others [2006] EWHC 2947 (Chancery Division, David Richards J, 17.10.06) [2006] All ER (D) 196 (Oct) (instructed by the FSA in the application to the court under FSMA for the sanction of the scheme for the transfer of insurance business).

Gan Insurance Co Ltd v Tai Ping; Tai Ping Insurance Co Ltd v Jenner Fenton Slade Ltd (Comm) J, 21.6.2000 [2002] EWCA Civ 248 (Reinsurance dispute. Issues of misrepresentation/non-disclosure; construction of claims co-operation clauses; professional negligence claim against brokers). Led by Tom Weitzman QC.

Reliance National and others v Provident Medical Limited (Commercial Court, Longmore J, 21.7.00) (Acting for Claimants in successful application to deliver up documents under injunction). Led by Rory Phillips QC.

Virk v. Gan Life Holdings plc [1999] All ER (D) 946; [2000] Lloyds Rep IR 159; 52 BMLR 207 (CA, Henry, Potter LJJ) (Court of Appeal found that 30 day survival requirement was a condition precedent to payment under critical illness policy).

Catherine's recent cases include:

Forsta AP-Fonden v New York Mellon SA/NV and others (2013) Acting for Claimant in on-going litigation against former discretionary investment advisers on securities lending cash collateral account. Issues of breach of mandate, securities lending market practice, professional negligence and fiduciary duties. Six week trial scheduled for June 2013. Led by Ali Malek QC.

Springwell Navigation Corporation (a body corporate) v JP Morgan Chase Bank (a body corporate) (formerly known as the Chase Manhattan Bank) and others [2010] EWCA Civ 1221; [2010] 2 CLC 705 Claimant Springwell incurred substantial losses in relation to Russian GKO bonds; Bank was found not liable in breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent mis-statement and/or misrepresentation; Bank being found properly to have claimed force majeure and terminated contract. Gloster J's judgment upheld by Court of Appeal (Rix, Rimer, Aikens LJJ) Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

Momentum Homes v W H Ireland (2008) Acting for claimants against their stockbrokers alleging negligent financial advice, misselling and breach of FSMA.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 2848 (Comm) 21 November 2008; Gloster J's judgment ordering that Springwell should pay 65% of J P Morgan Chase's costs of the action on an indemnity basis). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 1793 (Comm) 25 July 2008; (Gloster J's judgment in relation to post-default claims). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 1186 (Comm) 27 May 2008; [2008] All ER (D) 167 (Jun) (Gloster J's judgment on duty of care, contractual estoppel, misrepresentation and other pre-default claims). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

JP Morgan Chase Bank and others v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2006] EWHC 2755 (3 November 2006); [2007] 1 All ER (Comm) 549 (Aikens J) (Issues as to admission of expert evidence in substantial commercial cases and guidance as to principles to be applied when deciding whether the evidence should be admitted under CPR35.1). Led by Mark Hapgood QC and Adrian Beltrami QC.

Outokumpo Stainless v. Axa [2007] EWHC] 2555 Comm Ct. Acted for the Claimants in relation to issues of coverage for radiation contamination under the policy. Led by Christopher Symons QC (did not do hearing as was in Springwell trial).

BCCI v. Bank of America (2003) (Chancery Division) (Claim by BCCI liquidators against Bank of America for fraudulent trading under s.215 Insolvency Act: issues of banking and insolvency). Led by Robin Dicker QC, Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami.

Lincoln v. Citicorp (£20m litigation arising out of indemnity clause in sale agreement relating to pension mis-selling claims, settled October 2000). Led by Andrew Onslow QC.

Royal Bank of Scotland v Wallace International Ltd (CA, Morritt, May LJJ Wall J 27.1.2000) (Issues of whether transfer of funds constituted intercompany loan or trust funds, issues of tracing, knowledge and notice on the part of the bank, acquiescence and estoppel. Successfully resisted appeal.) Led by Anthony Boswood QC and Andrew Sutcliffe.

Gan Insurance Co Ltd v Tai Ping; Tai Ping Insurance Co Ltd v Jenner Fenton Slade Ltd (Comm) J, 21.6.2000 [2002] EWCA Civ 248 (Reinsurance dispute. Issues of misrepresentation/non-disclosure; construction of claims co-operation clauses; professional negligence claim against brokers). Led by Tom Weitzman QC.

Morgan Stanley International v. Alfio Puglisi Cosentino [1998] CLC 481 (Commercial Court Longmore J) (Definition of a "derivative" for purposes of FSA 1986; transaction involving "principal exchange rate linked securities" (PERLS) was a derivative under FSA; issues re enforcement of derivative contract against "private customer"). Led by Barbara Dohmann QC.

Call 1996; QC 2014; B Bus Sc (Hons) (Actuarial Science, Economics); CPE (City University, London)

Before coming to the Bar, Catherine went to university at the age of 16 and obtained a four year honours degree in Actuarial Science (with Economics and Statistics), trained as an actuary and worked in the corporate finance division of Ernst & Young in the City.

The Mould Scholar of Gray's Inn, 1996.

Gray's Inn Mooting Prize, 1996.

CCH Editions Ltd Prize for Company Law, 1996.

Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray's Inn, 1995.

Co-Chair of Governors, Raleigh Federation Schools (2015 -)

Governor of Raleigh Federation Schools (2014-)

Director and Board Member of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (2009-)

Appointed to the COMBAR Executive 2005-2007, 2012-

Secretary of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) (2002-2004)

Junior Counsel to the Crown B Panel (2007-2013)

Junior Counsel to the Crown C Panel (2002-2007)

CEDR Accredited Mediator (since 2001)

COMBAR

Chancery Bar Association

LCLCBA

FSLA (Financial Services Lawyers Association)

"A Practitioner's Guide to Derivatives" published by Sweet & Maxwell (2010) - contributor, author of "Litigation" chapter.

"Contractual Estoppel - an old remedy revived or a new remedy forged?" article published in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (UK) (June 2010), pp. 336-38

"Does a bank owe a duty of care to give investment advice to sophisticated clients who purchase its complex investment products?" article published in "Trusts and Trustees" (April 2009)

'JP Morgan Chase v Springwell - A "High Water Mark" for banks facing misselling claims?'article published in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (UK) (September 2008)

"Recovery of Financial Losses in Commercial Litigation" CLT Conference. Delivered paper on the topic "Claiming in contract or tort or both" ; February 2008

Author of Mortgages, Guarantees, Undue Influence sections of Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings (16th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, 2007)

Recent Developments in International Fraud (2006)

Challenges to the FSA and the Financial Ombudsman Service (2004)

The Problem of Knowledge Acquired by a Broker in a Capacity other than as agent for the particular assured (2004

Banks, Insurers and Senior Management: New Roles and Responsibilities under FSMA 2000 (March 2003)

Set-off and Self-Help for Banks: Cross-Border Set-off and Netting (Eurolegal Conference paper, April 2002

Legal Decisions Affecting Bankers 1991-1999: contributor

French (working knowledge)