Catherine is a Partner in our Regulatory Disputes practice and leads the firm's Regulatory Group.
Catherine is a recognised expert in public and utilities regulated procurement and is Tier 1 Ranked in Chambers & Partners for Public Procurement. She has been advising public bodies, regulated utilities and suppliers as a specialist in procurement law, compliance and litigation, for 15 years.
Catherine advises on the procurement of major contracts, including concessions, across all of Osborne Clarke's sectors.
Catherine's team is recognised as one of the few specialist public procurement litigation offerings. The team has a forensic approach to dissecting tender documents and procurement processes that is required in order to advise on the merits of a procurement challenge. The team uses this knowledge to approach major procurements for our clients (whether contracting authorities or suppliers) to challenge and test evaluation criteria and methodologies. This broad contentious experience means Catherine's team advises with a depth of knowledge on risk of challenge to a procurement process, so clients know where to focus their time and resources appropriately. It also means her team is uniquely placed to represent clients in repelling initial challenges, and defending challenges which proceed to litigation.
Catherine is experienced in public and administrative law and has brought and defended public law challenges under judicial review.
Catherine qualified as a lawyer in 2001 at Freshfields, qualified as a solicitor advocate in 2004 and has been a Partner at Osborne Clarke since 2011.
Catherine is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Public Procurement in Chambers UK, 2019:
"She has a good eye for strategy and is very knowledgeable on developments in the law." Chambers & Partners 2019
"The care we are afforded by Catherine and her team is second to none, she understands our business and makes substantial contributions to steering a response to tender." Chambers & Partners 2018
Osborne Clarke is ranked as a Band 2 firm for Public Procurement in Chambers UK 2019:
"Formidable reputation for high-stakes procurement litigation work. Advises on the public contract regulations introduced in 2015, bids for large government framework agreements and EU procurement law matters. Noted for expertise in regulated utilities, IT, healthcare and the defence sector."
"They are very responsive and understand our business very well."
"They are insightful and pragmatic, and make complex law understandable and digestible to the layman."
Chambers & Partners 2019