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Catherine Newman QC

Call 1979
Silk 1995

cnewman@maitlandchambers.com

Catherine is a leading silk at the commercial Chancery Bar who has a strong practice both domestically and internationally.

Peer reviews say of her:

"She is a joy to work with and always delivers."

"She has a razor-sharp mind and is a great tactician."

"Grasps complex financial situations easily"

"She has a certain grace in court which is very effective. Although absolutely charming, she terrifies her opponents."

"A thorough and extremely commanding courtroom advocate."

"Formidable advocate, who has sound judgment and a creative approach to problem solving."

"She is a lateral thinker who offers very tactical advice and is a very effective advocate. She has the ability to take the fight to the other side."

"Formidable intellect"

Her preparation and attention to detail are incredible."

“Works extremely hard and gives first-class advice."

"She is extremely good at managing client expectations and relationships."

She is a multi specialist with considerable experience of cases of business disputes particularly those which may have equity aspects (contracts, warranties, tort, agency, fiduciary duties, restitution and the like), civil fraud, insolvency, asset tracing, trusts, joint ventures, partnership, LLPs, corporate and shareholder and investor disputes in many areas of business (including mining and many types of chemical and industrial processes), hedge fund and private equity fund investments, foreign exchange and derivatives. Her work has included: acting for the successful Appellants in Smith and Others v Molyneux [2016] UKPC 35 (overturning the decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal); acting for Shell Pension Fund in BVI litigation (subsequently heard in the Privy Council) brought by the Liquidators of Fairfield Sentry (a Madoff feeder fund); advising an Antiguan creditor of Stanford Development Company; advising the UK arm of a US monoline insurer on its rights in relation to a suite of loan documentation and associated bonds issued by a state owned utility in a failing Eurozone jurisdiction; litigation on behalf of an investor in Russian assets purchased from a Dutch bank which are now alleged to be part of the insolvent estate of Mr Ablyazov; acting for an Italian commune claiming to have been mis-sold complex derivatives by a trio of international banks;  the first reported case on the duties of partners in a LLP inter se; a dispute concerning trading in metals and another concerning the ownership of residues, and their quality, from the smelting of copper ores; banking matters arising out of the Pedersen group collapse and, in Jersey, litigation by a group of siblings in relation to the dividend policy of a valuable investment company holding assets for a series of charitable trusts set up following the compromise of earlier litigation about the validity of a will.

Catherine acted for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham at all stages of the litigation concerning the capacity of Local Authorities to engage in swap transactions and for several local authorities in the subsequent stages of that particular debacle where banks and local authorities alike claimed restitution from one another.

She has acted in many other well known cases including BCCI (first for a Saudi Sheikh in litigation brought against him personally and his family bank NCB by the Liquidators), Maxwell and Madoff. She was Leading Counsel advising the Inspectors inquiring into the flotation of Mirror Group Newspapers.  In November 2005 she led the team acting for the English Creditors’ Committee of BCCI SA in the private application to the Chancellor which immediately preceded the discontinuance of the Liquidators’ litigation against the Bank of England.

Catherine has been in practice at Maitland Chambers (and its predecessor set 13 Old Square) since 1980, following specialist pupillages in company law and trusts after graduating from University College London with First Class Honours in Law, winning the Andrews Medal and Prize for the most outstanding performance in the final Law examinations in 1978. She was awarded a prestigious Harmsworth Scholarship by the Middle Temple and now chairs their Scholarship Fund Appeal.

She is recommended by Chambers UK Bar Guide in Chancery: Commercial, Chancery: Traditional, Company, Fraud: Civil, Offshore and Partnership, she is also listed as a leading silk by Chambers Global in Dispute Resolution and Offshore and by The Legal 500 in Commercial Litigation, Company and Partnership, Insolvency, Offshore and Private Client: Trusts and Probate. She was also recommended in Chambers UK Bar Guide for Restructuring/Insolvency in 2013 and prior years (in 2014 her insolvency practice had a more international flavour and led to a new listing in offshore work). In Insolvency her peer reviews include the following:

"A very good lawyer who is technically very good."

"Excellent at assimilating information quickly" and is "not afraid to take a novel approach to an issue."

"Wonderfully calm and incredibly precise."

Together with Rebecca Stubbs QC, she is the Consulting Editor of French on Winding Up.

Judicial Appointments: Deputy High Court Judge (QB & Chancery Divisions), Recorder of the Crown Court (authorised to sit at the Old Bailey)
Lieutenant-Bailiff of the Royal Court of Guernsey (2001-10th June 2014)

Notable Cases

Trilogy Management Ltd v Harcus Sinclair (2017)

R (On the Application of Sustainable Development Capital LLP) (Claimant) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy & ors (2017)

In the Matter of TPD Investments Ltd Sub Nom Destiny Investments (1993) Ltd v TH Holdings Ltd (2017)

Smith and Others v Molyneux [2016] UKPC 35

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v Director of the Serious Fraud Office & Ors (2015)

Robert Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office & Ors (Dec 2014)

Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds v Krys & Anor (2014)

Robert Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office & Ors (Nov 2014)

Robert Tchenguiz & Ors v Serious Fraud Office & Ors (Oct 2014)

Robert Tchenguiz & Ors v Serious Fraud Office & Ors (2014)

Robert Tchenguiz & Ors v Serious Fraud Office & Ors (16 July 2014)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors (2014)

Intesa Sanpaolo SPA v Regione Piemonte (2013)

JD Wetherspoon PLC v Jason Harris & Ors (2013)

Sycamore Bidco v Breslin & Dawson No. 1 (2012)

Shiraz Boghani v Bashir Nathoo (2011)

F&C Alternative Investments (Holdings) Ltd v Francois Barthelemy & Anthony Culligan (2011)

Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Noorasa Begum (Rep. Of The Estate Of Mohammed Uddin) (No 2) (2010)

Liquidators of Madoff Securities International v Yacht Bull Corp & Financier Meeschaert SA (2010)

Howell & Ors (Trustees of the Joicey Settlements) v Marcus Lees-Millais & Ors (2009)

JD Wetherspoon PLC v Van de Berg & Co Ltd [2009]

John David Curtis v Lockheed Martin UK Holdings Ltd (2008)

Mission Capital PLC v Sinclair (2008)

Gamlestaden Fastigheter AB v Baltic Partners Limited & Ors (2007)

J D Wetherspoon PLC v Van De Berg & Co Ltd (2007)

Apex Frozen Foods Ltd (In Liquidation) v Abdul Ali (2007)

Hill (As Trustee In Bankruptcy Of Nurkowski) v Spread Trustee Company Ltd & Anor (2006)

Mahme Trust v Lloyds TSB Bank PLC (2004)

GE Capital Commercial Finance Ltd v Sutton (2004)

Somerset-Leeke & Anor v Kay Trustees & Anor (2004)

Mahme Trust v Tayeb (2002)

Michael Bernand Worwood & Paul Edward Pike v Leisure Merchandising Services Ltd & 8 Ors (2001)

Profinance Trust SA v Gladstone (2001)

Duer v Frazer (2000)

Lindstrom v Lewis (2000)

Mahomed v Morris (2000)

Satnam Investments Ltd v Dunlop Heywood & Ors (1998)

Re Hamlet International PLC (1998)

Richbell Strategic Holdings Ltd v Harpur Group (1997)

McMahon & Smith as Liquidators of NEMGIA Ltd v AGF Holdings (UK) Ltd & Others (1996)

Transit Casualty Co v The Policyholders’ Protection Board (1991)

Hazell v Hammersmith & Fulham LBC (1991)

Barclays Bank PLC v Hammersmith LBC (1991)

Memberships

Catherine is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, ACTAPS and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Qualifications

LLB Hons (Lond) First Class

Testimonials

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017

Shortlisted for 'Chancery - Silk of the Year'

Chambers UK

Chancery: Commercial
"One of the first women at the Chancery Bar to take silk, she's clever, she's tough and judges listen to her." "Extremely affable and great with clients, she's got a lot of experience, and it shows." (2018)
"Catherine is incredibly sharp. She's very good with clients and can make complicated principles understandable to a lay party. She's also extremely impressive in terms of the volume that she can get on top of in a short space of time - in a document-heavy case, she's able to understand and absorb information very quickly." "I always think that for a difficult case she's very good." (2017)

"She is a formidable opponent, and a strong battler in court." (2016)

"A standout figure at the Chancery Bar."

"She is a joy to work with and always delivers."

"She is fantastically clever, intellectually very agile and someone who really adds value as a silk." (2015)

"A leading silk at the commercial Chancery Bar who has a strong practice both domestically and internationally."

"She is technically perfect and takes a robust, calm and measured approach."

"She has a certain grace in court which is very effective. Although absolutely charming, she terrifies her opponents." (2014)

"She is extremely good at managing client expectations and relationships," (2013)

"Diplomatic and thoughtful."

"Fierce commitment to the causes of her clients." (2011)

"A thorough and extremely commanding courtroom advocate." (2010)

Chambers UK

Chancery: Traditional
"She is very immersed in the world of both offshore and onshore trusts. She is extremely good in court and I've seen her make some very impressive and able arguments." "She is a very punchy advocate; she is very efficient and really on the ball. She really knows how to fight a case and you are wary of being against her as an opponent." (2018)

"She is a very effective advocate" who "knows her stuff and doesn't make life difficult for those that instruct her." (2016)

"A bright, forceful litigator."

"She's able to very quickly digest a lot of complex information and give us a roadmap for the case." (2015)

"A widely applauded trial advocate, she boasts considerable experience in both traditional and commercial chancery matters, and has built a sterling reputation for handling commercial trusts work."

"She is a very effective advocate, who is super intelligent and great to work with."

"She is a very strong litigator." (2014)

"Client skills and impressive depth of knowledge." (2013)

"A very effective advocate," who is "super-intelligent and great to work with." (2012)

Chambers UK

Fraud: Civil
"Fights very hard for her clients." (2018)
"Catherine's a superstar in the courtroom. She's incredibly well prepared." "Catherine has the ability to take the temperature of the situation and read the court. She is well regarded by the judiciary and easy to get on with. Clients really like her and she's extremely bright. She really is a tour de force." (2017)

"A preferred choice of City and offshore firms for a range of commercial chancery matters."

"She is a real voice of authority, who gives very clear advice and direction and is willing to stick her neck out and take a bit of a risk." (2016)

"Extraordinarily sensible and clever."

"An excellent advocate who has the gritty determination to fight her client's cause." (2015)

"Has distinguished herself in the field of civil fraud." (2014)

"Is a noted presence at the Civil Fraud Bar." (2013)

"A confident performer who does not yield easily to intimidation." (2012)

Chambers UK

Company
"She's as bright as a button and an effective strategist. A very effective advocate who's like a steel hand in a velvet glove." (2018)
"I was very impressed with her ability to get on top of the details quickly." "Totally on top of the material and very good at cross-examining." (2017)

"She is an extremely robust litigator, well known for her determination. She grabs the case and pursues it right through."

"Robust in cross-examination and very interested in what solicitors have to say." (2016)

"She gives good, pragmatic advice."

"Exceptional advocacy." (2015)

"Displays notable expertise in private equity and hedge fund investments."

"She has a razor-sharp mind and is a great tactician."

"Her preparation and attention to detail are incredible." (2014)

"A team player, who is extremely bright, and bloody hard-working."

"Very thorough and capable in her cross-examination," (2013)

"Formidable advocate, who has sound judgement and a creative approach to problem solving." (2012)

Chambers UK

Offshore
"A class act and a pleasure to work with, she displays great attention to detail and is extremely knowledgeable." "She's extremely responsive, gets to grip with the issues in minutes, and is extremely good on her feet and in cross-examinations." (2018)
"A great cross-examiner and an absolute delight." (2017)

"She is phenomenally bright and capable."

"An impressive silk with a strong commercial litigation and chancery practice." (2016)

"Extremely effective, she truly is the master of her brief."

"She is a genuine commercial litigation and traditional chancery all-rounder, with a vast amount of international experience, both in the traditional offshore jurisdictions and elsewhere." (2015)

"She has a reputation as a very good barrister." (2014)

Chambers UK

Partnership
"Very knowledgeable in this area of the law. She's clear, authoritative and decisive in her advice on partnership and LLP issues and is a strong trial advocate." (2018)
"An excellent, very diligent advocate and cross-examiner who's also able to speak to clients in plain English, which is very helpful in the throes of a trial." "An absolute delight and a great cross-examiner." (2017)

"She is a lateral thinker who offers very tactical advice and is a very effective advocate. She has the ability to take the fight to the other side." (2014)

"A fine exponent of trial advocacy and cross-examination." (2013)

"Works extremely hard and gives first-class advice." (2012)

Chambers UK

Restructuring/ Insolvency

"A very good lawyer who is technically very good." (2013)

""Excellent at assimilating information quickly" and is "not afraid to take a novel approach to an issue.""(2012)

Chambers Global

Company

"Wins over the court with her unswerving belief in the merits of her case."

Chambers Global

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery
"Catherine is incredibly sharp. She's very good with clients and can make complicated principles understandable to a lay party. She's also extremely impressive in terms of the volume that she can get on top of in a short space of time - in a document-heavy case, she's able to understand and absorb information very quickly." "I always think that for a difficult case she's very good." (2017)

"She is technically perfect and takes a robust, calm and measured approach."

"She has a certain grace in court which is very effective."

"Although absolutely charming, she terrifies her opponents." (2014)

"Measured delivery wins her many supporters."

Chambers Global

Offshore
"A great cross-examiner and an absolute delight." (2017)

"She has a reputation as a very good barrister." (2014)

Chambers Global

Insolvency/Corporate Recovery

"Recommended."

Legal 500 UK

Commercial Litigation
"A lovely barrister to instruct, her hunger is as evident as ever." (2017)

"A grand dame of litigation; she is a major star and has an air of authority." (2016)

"A hard-fighting advocate, who is great fun and a great asset to any big litigation." (2015)

Legal 500 UK

Company & Partnership
"She is very authoritative and clients really like her." (Company, 2017)
"She is extremely clever and excellent at cross-examination." (Partnership, 2017)

"Recommended for her tactical skills." (Company, 2016)

"An astute lawyer and confident advocate, who really adds value and is a great team player." (Partnership, 2016)

"A leader in her field, who is meticulous in her approach and an inspiration to work with." (Company, 2015)

"Great with clients in consultation with a quelling, punchy and effective manner." (Partnership, 2015)

"Professional, responsive and clear in her advice. Just what is needed." (Company, 2014)

"A highly versatile barrister with plenty of experience in partnership and LLP disputes." (Partnership, 2014)

"Is a top-class performer." (2012)

"Stands head and shoulders above the rest’ and ‘is a quality practitioner and advocate." (2011)

Legal 500 UK

Insolvency
"She is great on her feet and excellent at cross-examination." (2017)

"An astute lawyer and confident advocate, who really adds value." (2016)

"She has expertise in both domestic and international insolvency matters." (2015)

"She has a broad practice that encompasses insolvency." (2014)

"Experienced." (2013)

"Wonderfully calm and incredibly precise." (2012)

"Provides sound, common-sense advice." (2010)

Legal 500 UK

Offshore
"She is incredibly bright and extremely easy to work with." (2017)

Legal 500 UK

Private Client: Trusts & Probate
"She provides strong strategic guidance, and is polite and courteous." (2017)

"A confident advocate and a great team player." (2016)

"Experienced in both domestic Chancery issues and international matters." (2015)

"A leading practitioner in this field and a superb advocate." (2014)

"Grasps complex financial situations easily." (2013)

"Formidable intellect." (2012)