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Catherine
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Catherine Souter

Called 2002

Catherine joined Park Lane Chambers in 2002. Since then her expertise in each of her specialist areas of work has flourished.

Catherine acts for clients from a wide range of sectors including Local Authorities, Insurers, Multi-National retailers, Engineering and Manufacturing companies as well as smaller, local corporate bodies.

She also acts for members of most major Trade Unions including Unison, the Police Federation, the NASUWT, the GMB, the FBU, the RMT and the National Cyclist's Union.

She has a dedicated client following and an extremely busy court practice. She drafts pleadings, including schedules and counterschedules and advises on liability, tactics and quantum in cases of all severity.

She is regularly instructed in cases worth in excess of £250k and those arising out of fatal accidents. She has conferences with clients and experts in cases involving life changing injuries, chronic pain conditions and significant psychiatric injury.

Catherine is endorsed by all of the major legal directories, most recently in Chambers and Partners 2017. The Legal 500 observes that she has the expertise of someone who is many years above her call.

"Really determined, robust and the advocate you want on your side. She is well liked by clients and clear and concise when dealing with them." "She really is a star!"

Chambers & Partners 2018
Areas of Expertise
Employment
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Catherine has developed a strong employment law practice and represents both Claimants and Respondents in all aspects of employment work in the ET and the EAT.

Catherine acts regularly for Banks, Care Homes, Small and Large commercial employers, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, Charities and Unions.

Some of her recent clients include British Sky Broadcasting, Lloyds TSB Bank, HBOS, Parcel Point, Clipper Logistics and Working Links.

Catherine has a wide experience in key areas of Employment including:

  • Discrimination (all areas)
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Whistleblowing
  • Equal Pay
  • TUPE
  • Breach of Contract Claims
  • Maternity
  • Redundancy
  • Agency Workers
  • Employment Status
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Unlawful Deduction of Wages and Holiday pay claims
  • Harrasment and Victimisation

 Catherine regularly provides lectures and case law updates.

Insurance
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Catherine is a member of the Chamber’s credit hire team. She is strong on statutory unenforceability arguments, in particular under the Cancellation of Contracts made in the Consumer’s Home or Place of Work Regulations.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Catherine is instructed by both Claimants and Defendants, predominantly at fast and multi track level. She is happy to accept instructions on a Conditional Fee basis.

Catherine's specialist practice areas include:

Public Liability cases

Catherine regularly acts for local authorities in highway maintenance claims, winter maintenance claims and claims arising out of alleged failure to exercise a statutory power. She also represents local authorities and housing authorities in claims brought under the Defective Premises Act 1972 and the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985.

Occupiers Liability cases

Catherine represents a number of large retail and entertainment establishments and regularly defends claims brought by members of the public arising out of accidents at such premises. She also represents local authorities in respect of accidents at schools, parks, leisure facilities and other premises.

Employer’s Liability cases

Catherine has extensive experience of cases involving the ‘six pack’ regulations. She has lectured widely on the implications of the Enterprise Act on such claims for both Claimants and Defendants.

Road Traffic Accidents

Catherine has particular experience in claims involving allegations of fraud and represents a variety of insurers in such claims. She has conducted credit hire litigation on behalf of insurers since 2002 and so, is well versed in the plethora of case law which has developed over this time.

Inquests

Catherine represents bereaved families throughout the coronial process and in any subsequent civil proceedings. She has also represented companies during such process and in subsequent HSE proceedings.

CICA Claims

Catherine has been involved in a number of high profile CICA claims arising out of the Hillsborough Disaster, the murder of a police officer and the attempted murder of a prostitute.

Recommendations
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Chambers & Partners 2019 - Band 2

"She's excellent with clients and very good on her feet. She is determined to get the best results and go the extra mile." "She provides sound advice on high-value work and is very good with clients, showing empathy towards those who are in very difficult circumstances."

Legal 500 2018/2019

"Her practice includes public and occupiers' liability cases."

Chambers & Partners 2018 - Band 2

Represents claimants and defendants in multi-track cases. She has a broad range of experience but is particularly knowledgeable about personal injury arising out of health and safety breaches, and is well versed in employment, occupiers' and public liability cases. Her clients include local authorities, manufacturers and insurers.

Strengths: "Really determined, robust and the advocate you want on your side. She is well liked by clients and clear and concise when dealing with them."

Recent work: Represented the defendant local authority in a case brought by a schoolchild regarding injuries sustained when he caught his rucksack on a school handrail.

Legal 500 2017

"Good on her feet, persuasive, and an impressive negotiator."

Chambers & Partners 2017

‘Catherine represents claimants and defendants in multi-track as well as fast track cases. She has a broad range of experience but is particularly knowledgeable on personal injury arising out of health and safety breaches and is well versed in occupiers and public liability cases. Clients love her; she is very much on their side. She is impressive in conference and an excellent advocate. She is a safe pair of hands who is pragmatic and very good in court’.

Legal 500 2016

 Catherine is ‘extremely personable and helpful and will go the extra mile for you’.

  Chambers & Partners 2016

Represents local authorities, large companies and insurers as defendants and trade unions as claimants. Offers particular expertise in EL/PL claims. 

Strengths: "She really is a star. We were impressed by her written advice through to conferences and her performance in court." "She is an excellent up-and-coming advocate." 

 Legal 500 2015 

"Extremely personable and helpful, and will go the extra mile for you."

 Chambers & Partbers 2015

Singled out for her experience in employers’ and occupiers’ liability issues. Clients are drawn from a wide range of sectors and include insurers, trade unions and local authorities.

 The Legal 500 2014 

"A personal injury specialist who predominantly undertakes cases at the fast and multi-track level"

 Chambers & Partners 2014

Has a wide-ranging practice, and is known for her experience in employers' and public liability claims. She acts for both defendant and claimant clients, including trade unions, local authorities, insurers and private individuals. 

Expertise: "She's highly thought of by local authorities."

Recent work: In Shoesmith v West Yorkshire Police she acted for the claimant, a student injured by the police response to a 'riot' at a house party.

 Legal 500 2013

Catherine is recommended, and has a strong following among insurers.

 Chambers & Partners 2013 

Catherine Souter is an experienced personal injury lawyer noted for her expertise in employers' liability issues. Her clients, on both the claimant and defence side, are legion, and include corporate and insurer clients, local authorities, trade unions and the police federation. She acted on Michael Shoesmith v West Yorkshire Police, which was a PI claim against the police arising out of their handling of a student party.

 Chambers & Partners 2012 

Catherine Souter is a popular junior for road traffic accidents and EL/PL cases.

 Legal 500 2012

Catherine has "the expertise of someone who is many years above her call."

 Chambers & Partners 2010 

Catherine is "Well thought of and solicitors note that she demonstrates a 'level of skill that exceeds her call'."

Notable Cases
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Reported Cases

Catherine has been involved in a number of high profile CICA claims. She represented a police officer who suffered PTSD following his involvement in the Hillsborough disaster and subsequent football riots. She succeeded in securing an award for a police officer who suffered PTSD following a fatal shooting of a colleague. She also obtained signficant loss of earnings awards for a fireman and a train driver both unable to return to work due to psychiatric injury.

Lectures
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Catherine provides in-house training for a number of solicitors, local authorities and insurer clients. Recent topics include:

 The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013;

Local Authority Litigation Update;

Trials and Tribulations – Court process and procedure;

Employers Liability Litigation Update;

Civil Litigation Update;

Maximising and Minimising Special Damages.

 Public Risk Management Association conference June 2016.

 She also undertakes in-house drafting of pleadings and advices and is happy to conduct advice days for clients.

Personal Details
Education

LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Leeds; Scholarships: Rodney Bax Award and Stuart Cunningham Macaskie KC Award

Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Health and Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)

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