Catherine Bell > Freeths LLP > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department

Clinical Negligence


Catherine is a senior associate and solicitor-advocate specialising in clinical negligence, with particular expertise in complex neurological claims. She represents both children and adults who have suffered brain damage as a result of medical treatment, including children with cerebral palsy. Catherine also handles a broad range of clinical negligence claims including obstetric and gynaecological injuries, spinal injuries, visual impairment, amputations and fatal claims.

Catherine has a proven track record of securing good results in complex high value cases, particularly those involving life changing injuries. She is a strong negotiator who has been praised for her confidence and conviction in fighting for the best outcome. She is recognised for ability to resolve complex issues and to successfully conclude challenging cases, including those considered too difficult by other firms.

Catherine is recommended for the way she guides people through the complicated and technical legal process. She helps to secure answers and obtain the compensation to fund care and equipment that can help rebuild their lives. She is praised for her “patience and positivity” and for her supportive, empathetic approach – helping reduce the stress of litigation during what can be a difficult and emotional time.

Catherine is listed as “Recommended” and a “Next Generation Lawyer” by the Legal 500, meaning she makes a material difference to the firm’s offering. Catherine is accredited as a legal panel member by AvMA, the specialist charity dealing with medical accidents, and also as a senior litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

(Rising stars)

Catherine BellFreeths LLP

The ‘very strong and extremely well-organised‘ clinical negligence practice at Freeths LLP is often involved in the region’s highest-value cases concerning brain, spine and other injuries of maximum severity. Led by Carolyn Lowe, whom clients ‘rate very highly‘, the team also has expertise in birth injury, stillbirth and neonatal death cases. Senior associate Catherine Bell is ‘effective, tenacious and caring‘, and focuses on gynaecological claims including multiparty group actions.