Catherine Johnson > Birketts LLP > Ipswich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP
Providence House
141-145 Princes Street

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Catherine joined Birketts’ Employment Team from an international City law firm in 2009. She heads up the Ipswich Employment Team and advises high profile clients, many of whom are well known brands and household names, in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law.


Catherine is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).  Catherine is Vice-President of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Catherine is also a Board Member of the Ipswich Vision and the Ipswich Town Fund (Government funded) for regeneration of which Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is a partner.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Employment > Employment

Birketts LLP has one of the largest employment practices in the region and it ‘always provides pragmatic and practical advice, explained in straightforward terms‘. The ‘simply outstandingJeanette Wheeler leads the cross-office employment practice from Norwich, where ‘legal genius‘ Matthew Newnham ‘provides exceptional service and is always commercially aware’. ‘Very thorough‘ senior associate Lucy Churchill is also a key practitioner. Catherine Johnson who is ‘calmness personified and has an incredible memory bank of legal knowledge‘ and the ‘approachable, empathetic‘ Sonya O’Reilly are the lead partners in Ipswich. Abigail Trencher is the standout partner in Cambridge, where legal director Olivia Toulson is recommended. Tom Sharpe in Norwich defended an unfair dismissal claim for The College of West Anglia.