Catherine is the Digital Transformation Knowledge Lawyer at Osborne Clarke and Head of Advisory Knowledge.
Catherine’s mission is to resource our lawyers, at all levels and across all specialisms, with a strategic understanding of the commercial and legal implications of the digital revolution on our clients’ businesses. Her core focus is on digitalisation, but she also applies that understanding in the context of urban dynamics, and to the interface of decarbonisation and digital technology.
She follows all aspects of digital transformation and transformative technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, blockchain and cryptoassets, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, quantum computing, autonomous transport, 3D printing, the Internet of Things and digital twins – as well as predictions about the future more generally. Her core expertise is future-focused, monitoring and identifying potential shifts and changes in the legal landscape as new issues and uncertainties come into focus in the digitised world. She chairs and curates our programme of Digitalisation webinars.
Catherine was named as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 Disruptors for 2019 and selected for the 2019 Women of the Year lunch. Her work with the wider Transformations team was commended in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe 2020 awards.
Before joining Osborne Clarke in 2017, Catherine specialised for many years in the Advisory practice area of EU and UK competition law and merger control at Ashurst LLP. She moved to a judicial assistant role at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, before returning to Ashurst's competition law team as a professional support lawyer. Her competition law background means that she has a strong grounding in the dynamics of a wide range of markets, which informs her interpretation of the impact of technological disruption.
Catherine was promoted to Knowledge Lawyer Director in 2019 and appointed as Head of Advisory Knowledge in 2021, managing the Knowledge lawyers in our Advisory practice group.