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Catherine Addy QC

Call 1998
Silk 2017

clerks@maitlandchambers.com

Catherine read law at Cambridge and went on to read the LLM in which she achieved a first. She was a Queen Mother Scholar and a Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitioner and has been in practice at Maitland Chambers since completing pupillage in 1999.

Catherine practises in most areas of chancery and commercial litigation but has a particular interest in insolvency work, both corporate and personal, and is currently a publicly appointed member of the Insolvency Rules Committee (appointed pursuant to s413 of the Insolvency Act 1986 following an open competition).  She is a member of Jordan Publishing’s Advisory Board for Insolvency and a contributor to Gore Browne on Companies (Chapter 61: Liquidation – Civil and Criminal Liabilities and Officeholders’ powers of investigation).   She has been instructed in relation to various high profile insolvencies including litigation arising out of the collapse of Barings, appearing for the Crown in Spectrum Plus, advising HM Treasury and the Bank of England in relation to Northern Rock, variously representing the unsecured creditors of Lehman Brothers, the successful defendant directors in the disqualification proceedings arising out of the collapse of Farepak and, more recently, acting for the administrators of the entity trading as ‘Blockbusters’ and appearing in the Game Group litigation concerning administration expenses.  In addition to her insolvency related practice, she has much experience of other company and commercial litigation (including financial services, property and trust law matters, and conflicts of laws issues).

Catherine also regularly advises and acts for a number of government departments, including HMRC, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Treasury Solicitor and the Attorney-General; She is currently a member of the Attorney General’s 'A' Panel, having first been appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2003

In 2015 Catherine won 'Company/Insolvency Junior of the Year' at the Chambers UK Bar Awards having previously been shortlisted for Chancery Junior of the Year (2014) and Insolvency Junior of the Year (2012). She continues to be highly recommended by Chambers UK and Chambers Global for Chancery-Commercial litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency and Company. The 2015 edition reports that she “has superb analytical skills”, is “highly regarded for her courtroom skills and for her tireless analysis of the most thorny cases” and is “thorough, precise and highly practical when on her feet". Previous editions have commented that she “offers excellent input on general commercial matters”, is “exceptionally bright and quick to identify the real issues”  and “Garners praise from clients and peers alike, who highlight her problem-solving nature and analytical approach”.    The 2013 edition particularly reported that “She is, by the account of multiple interviewees, "outstanding."”.   She has also regularly been described as being "A pleasure to work with”, the 2014 edition describing her as “Very clever, user-friendly, incredibly effective and solution-focused”.     In addition, Catherine is recommended in Legal 500 for Company Law, Commercial Litigation and Insolvency being similarly described as “‘exceptionally bright, erudite, and user friendly’, and ‘her legal and commercial judgement is excellent’”.

In addition to being a member of the Insolvency Rules Committee, Catherine is the current junior barrister member of the Bankruptcy and Companies Court Users’ Committee.  She was formerly an elected member of the Bar Council (2001-2007) and the Chancery Bar Association representative on the Bar Council (2010-2012) and she remains co-opted to a number of its committees.  She was Chairman of the Young Barristers’ Committee in 2004, the Chairman of the Bar Conference (Human Rights – Taking Liberties) in 2007 and the elected Treasurer of the Chancery Bar Association from 2008-2012.

She has recently been elected as a Bencher of the Middle Temple (2014) and is one of the Inn’s Accredited Advocacy Trainers.

Notable Cases

UBS AG (London Branch) & Ors v Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg & Ors (2014)

Pillar Denton Ltd v GAME Retail Ltd (2014)

Mynt Ltd v Revenue & Customs Commissioners (2013)

John Green & Paul Rowley v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc (2013)

E-Clear (UK) Plc v Elias Elia & Ors (2013)

In the Matter of UKLI Ltd; Secretary of State v Baljinder Chohan (2013)

E-Clear (UK) Plc (In Liquidation) v Elias Elia, Ian Defty (2012)

In the Matter of Instant Access Properties Ltd v Maria Gifford (2011)

In the Matter of Lehman Brothers Int (Europe) (In Admin) (2010)

In The Matter Of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) (October 2009)

Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Alan Blackburn Sports Ltd (2008)

Revenue & Customs Commissioners v (1) Shaun Cassells (2) Nicholas Reed (2008)

Halton International Inc & Anor v Guernroy Ltd (2006)

Monks v Revenue & Customs Commissioners (2006)

Halton International Inc (Holding) Sarl and Mohtaram Kaddoura v Guernroy Ltd (2005)

National Westminster Bank Plc v Spectrum Plus Ltd & Ors (2005)

McCullough (HMIT) v Gurcharan Singh Ahluwalia (2004)

National Westminster Bank PLC v Spectrum Plus Ltd (2004)

National Westminster Bank PLC v Spectrum Plus Ltd (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation) (2004)

Memberships
Chancery Bar Association
COMBAR
Insolvency Lawyers Association (full member)
R3 (full member)
American Bar Association (International Associate)

Qualifications
MA, LLM (Cantab)

Testimonials

Chambers UK Bar Awards, 2015

Company/Insolvency
'Junior of the Year'

chamber bar awards 2015

Chambers UK

Chancery: Commercial/ Treasury Counsel
"She is excellent and highly experienced. A barrister with a broad practice, she keeps plates spinning and speaks in a straightforward manner which clients can understand."  (2017)

"She is very good technically and very good with clients in conference. In court she is thorough and measured." (2016)

"A highly regarded advocate who is particularly involved in insolvency and company disputes in the Chancery Division."

"She is excellent in court and always seems to adopt the right tone with the bench." (2015)

"An accomplished chancery litigator, who is renowned for her prowess in insolvency cases." "She is exceptionally bright and quick to identify the real issues. She is pragmatic in the sense that she identifies what is not possible, and is realistic in her advice."

"She manages to handle complex matters and lead the court through them in a calm and controlled manner." (2014)

"Fabulous and will go far." (2013)

""Bloody hell, she's clever" from one interviewee." "Extremely hard-working, and masters difficult briefs quickly, always displaying superb judgement." (2012)

"Forthright, diligent and ambitious," (2010)

Chambers UK

Company
"She is very analytical, very strong on her feet and very focused and realistic in her advice." (2017)

"I've never met anyone who is a quicker thinker. When you've got a really complicated matter and look at an issue five or ten times, she will look at it once and get the answer."

"She's a super advocate. She always seems to be one step ahead and anticipates lines of argument and questions from the bench." (2016)

"She's very punchy in her style and always very busy." (2015)

Chambers UK

Insolvency/ Corporate Recovery
"Catherine is a superb advocate, extremely approachable, highly intellectual and pragmatic." "What she doesn't know about insolvency could be written on a postage stamp. She's absolutely superb on her feet, really impressive." (2017)

"She is always very clear and good in court; the judges really listen to her." (2016)

"She is highly regarded for her courtroom skills and for her tireless analysis of the most thorny cases."

"Thorough, precise and highly practical when on her feet."

"She has superb analytical skills, and a user-friendly manner." (2015)

"Garners praise from clients and peers alike, who highlight her problem-solving nature and analytical approach. A notable favourite amongst government bodies." "Very clever, user-friendly, incredibly effective and solution-focused." "She is happy to get her hands dirty and really get into the paperwork." (2014)

"Her ability to consume and digest huge amounts of information and pick up on every detail." “She is, by the account of multiple interviewees, "outstanding."" (2013)

"Relishes complex matters and is someone who masters difficult briefs very quickly." "A pleasure to work with, she displays superb judgement at all times." (2012)

"Is hugely respected for her accurate and reliable advice." "She is extremely industrious." (2011)

Chambers Global

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery
"She is very good technically and very good with clients in conference. In court she is thorough and measured." (2017)

"She is exceptionally bright and quick to identify the real issues."

"She is pragmatic in the sense that she identifies what is not possible, and is realistic in her advice."

"She manages to handle complex matters and lead the court through them in a calm and controlled manner." (2014)

Chambers Global

Restructuring/Insolvency
"She is always very clear and good in court; the judges really listen to her." (2017)

"Very clever, user-friendly, incredibly effective and solution-focused."

"She is happy to get her hands dirty and really get into the paperwork." (2014)

Legal 500 UK

Insolvency
‘She establishes a good rapport with judges.’ (2016)

"One of the obvious star juniors of the insolvency Bar." (2015)

"Incredibly erudite, clever and easy to work with." (2014)

"Recommended" (2013)

"A really hard worker." (2012)

"Has great attention to detail." (2011)

"Is a superb advocate." (2010)

Legal 500 UK

Company & Partnership
"An expert in disqualification proceedings." (2016)

"Bright, technically very able and a fine advocate." (2015)

"Incredibly erudite, clever and very easy to work with." (2014)

""Exceptionally bright, erudite, and user friendly", and "her legal and commercial judgement is excellent."" (2013)

"Is deemed a ‘ definite rising star’, with appeal and first instance experience alike." (2009)

“Catherine Addy is "increasingly popular with clients" and is singled out as a "real star for the future."”(2008)

Legal 500

Commercial Litigation

"Is also recommended for her insolvency work." (2009)

“One to watch.” (2008)