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Catherine Foster

Call 1986

Professional Liability

Catherine has been instructed since 2011 in the ‘BCC HAVS Professional Negligence Litigation’ and has represented a number of firms of Solicitors who are being sued for professional negligence arising from their handling of the BCC HAVS compensation scheme. She has appeared in a total of 12 contested trials since 2012 and in the Court of Appeal on 2 occasions: see Barnaby v Raleys Solicitors [2014] EWCA Civ 686 and Procter v Raleys Solicitors [2015] EWCA Civ 400.

Selected Cases

  • Ronald Barnaby v Raleys SolicitorsJudgment of HHJ Gosnell – 1LS03193
  • Ronald Barnaby v Raleys Solicitors [2014] EWCA Civ 686
  • Andrew Procter v Raleys Solicitors – Judgment of HHJ Gosnell – 9OL03967
  • Andrew Procter v Raleys Solicitors [2015] EWCA Civ 400
  • Clifton Anders v Avalon – Judgment of HHJ Gosnell – 2LS00449
  • William Sharp v Raleys Solicitors – Judgment of HHJ Gosnell – 2YJ87483
  • George Head v Raleys Solicitors – Judgment of HHJ Belcher – 1LS03608
  • Graeme Gummerson v Raleys Solicitors – Judgment of HHJ Gosnell – 9OL03172
  • Kevin Flanagan v Raleys Solicitors – Judgment of HHJ Saffman – 1LS03604
  • Anthony J Connor v Raleys Solicitors – Judgment of HHJ Saffman – 2YJ83003
  • Desmond Partridge v Raleys Solicitors – Judgment of HHJ Saffman – 90L03367
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“Someone you want fighting your corner. Faultless expertise, practical, analytical style and great responsiveness and ability to adapt to client needs.”

Legal 500, 2021

“A formidable tactician and a real team player who really knows her stuff.” “She is excellent in cross-examinations.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“A tenacious and very clever advocate; she knows when to take points and when to leave them.”; “One of the best trial advocates in the market. She won’t let go of a witness once she has hold of them and has a very strong grasp of the evidence.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“She has a wealth of experience and very good attention to detail.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

“An erudite advocate who cross-examines with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel. Very good on cases where there are credibility issues.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“A mature and sophisticated performer who has an incredibly high success rate on difficult cases.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

Nominated ‘Personal Injury Junior of the Year’

(Chambers & Partners 2012 and 2013)

She has an established reputation across both disease and accident litigation and is “a reliably strong and insistent advocate” and “experienced in disease and occupational stress cases.” and “an excellent trial advocate with great expertise in disease cases”

"Leader at the Bar" in Personal Injury: Industrial Disease (Chambers & Partners 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016)

“A tough advocate and a tough opponent”, “a very direct and incisive operator, who is very strong at negotiating and good on her feet. When it needs to be a bit of a fight she’s someone you welcome in your corner”, “tough, thorough and skilled cross-examiner”, “a fearsome opponent who knows how to stealthily deliver the killer punch” and as “one of the finest senior juniors in the country.”

"Leader at the Bar" in Personal Injury (Chambers & Partners 2013, 2014 and 2015)

“Her advocacy is first-rate and she is one of the best cross-examiners” and “a consummate performer in court’. Solicitors have “no hesitation” in using Catherine Foster “in cases which might otherwise be taken by silks.”

"Leading Junior" in Personal Injury (Legal 500 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012)

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