Catherine - Cath - is a member (partner) in Thompsons and acts as the Branch Manager for Thompsons Wales and the South West (Cardiff, and Llanelli, Bristol and Plymouth).

Cath’s role as branch manager sees her leading the teams in the offices on client service and experience, as well as client relationships and business development.

As a lawyer, Cath has recovered millions for clients and prides herself on recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible for each client. Her specialisations have been in serious work accidents from amputation injuries to burns, chronic pain and catastrophic back injuries. She has also dealt with manual handling injuries and injuries sustained from working at height. Her industrial disease experience includes repetitive strain, occupational asthma and dermatitis

Cath has been with Thompsons since university and trained with the firm and has always shared the firm’s vision and values and is proud to  stand up for working people.

When she isn’t in the office, Cath’s two young children keep her busy including managing a girls’ football team and she loves watching rugby.

Successful personal injury compensation claims

Below you will find a small selection of the successful personal injury cases which Catherine has dealt with:-

COX V MOJ- Supreme Court

A test case around whether the prison service was vicariously liable for the negligent actions of a prisoner that went to the Supreme Court and established new law that is still followed today.

Contractors exposed to q Fever at work

Thanks to her perseverance Cath established that a factory owner was liable to contractors who became ill with Q Fever, a rare infectious condition causing a range of symptoms from flu to endocarditis, a serious bacterial infection of the heart valves.  They had been involved in breaking up strawboard that had lined the factory walls and which turned out to have contained dormant bacteria spores.

The factory owner’s insurers fought the case to the door of the court but then settled and agreed to pay her clients substantial damages.

Thumb amputated after being caught in press machine

Cath proved that a press machine wasn’t properly guarded and the employer who had only employed Cath’s client for four weeks was in breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations when he suffered a traumatic amputation of his left thumb and post-traumatic stress.

Despite a dispute about the injuries, Cath obtained £125,000 in damages in a pretrial settlement.

Explosion at furnace

Another pretrial settlement this time for £230,000 on behalf of a furnace worker who suffered burns and later tinnitus, serious post-traumatic stress and psychiatric injuries in a workplace explosion

NUISANCE

In a case for a homeowner living close to the Murco refinery Cath succeeded in a claim for nuisance and negligence and the development of asthma.

Professional membership

Catherine is an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers member.