Maitland Chambers

Catherine Addy QC

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Practice Areas

Most types of chancery and commercial litigation including: banking and financial services, corporate and personal insolvency, company and partnership disputes; other commercial contracts and business related agreements, conflict of laws; property and other general equity and trust related matters. Prior to taking silk in 2017, Catherine was an appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) and regularly acted for Crown Departments. She also sits as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge and is an appointed member of the statutory Insolvency Rules Committee, as well as the Bankruptcy and Companies Court Users Committee.. Notably, she has been instructed to represent various different commercial interests as well as HMRC in the context of the Lehman Brothers' litigation as well as advising and appearing for and against officeholders of other well-known insolvent estates. She also represented the Crown in Re Spectrum Plus, advised HM Treasury and the Bank of England in relation to Northern Rock, acted for the Secretary of State in the successful director’s disqualification claim against Kevin Maxwell and for the successful non-executive directors in the failed director’s disqualification proceedings brought by the Secretary of State in relation to the collapse of Farepak. More recently she appeared in the GAME appeal concerning administration expenses and acted for LBBW in the long running Swaps’ litigation concerning UBS and the Leipzig water company. She has also provided expert insolvency and company law advice to international lawyers.

Professional Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR; ILA; R3; International Associate Member of the American Bar Association; Insolvency Rules Committee; Bankruptcy and Companies Court Users Committee; Bar Council Ethics Committee.


Called to the Bar 1998. Silk (2017). Appointed as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge (2016). Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) March 2012 (B Panel 2007-2012, C Panel 2003-07). Chairman of the Young Bar (2004). Chairman of the Bar Conference (2007). Elected Member of the Bar Council (2001-07). Appointed Chancery Bar Association member of the Bar Council (2010-2012). Elected Hon. Treasurer of the Chancery Bar Association (2008-2012). Member of the Bankruptcy and Companies Court Users Committee (2012 to date). Appointed to serve on the Insolvency Rules Committee (2013 to date). Elected as a Bencher of the Middle Temple (2014).


Contributor to Gore-Browne on Companies, Equity and Administration (CUP), Butterworths' Practical Insolvency, International Corporate Rescue and the Journal of International Business and Finance Law.


MA, LLM (1st class) Cantab. Queen Mother Scholar of Middle Temple. Accredited advocacy trainer.