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Catherine Naylor is a director in the commercial litigation team in London. She helps clients to resolve the full range of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes.
Her work includes advising on high value fraud and asset tracing claims, complex banking litigation and contentious insolvency and trusts matters. In particular, Catherine is currently coordinating litigation in three jurisdictions in respect of a long running matter arising from the Madoff scandal.
Other highlights include defending a multi-million pound High Court claim for breach of duty and negligence for a professional services firm, advising a global financial services client in relation to a sensitive regulatory investigation and acting for Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Company (Cayman) Limited and others in a successful appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from the Cayman Islands.
Catherine brings commerciality to her advice, having spent over four years prior to qualifying as a lawyer working in industry. This experience includes three years with a multi-national manufacturer and distributer, dealing with internal communications, crisis management, mergers and acquisitions and HR/employment issues.
Acting for professional trustees in the largest recovery action by the joint liquidators of both the Madoff estate and the Kingate Funds, involving the defence of multiple proceedings brought in the US, Bermuda and England.
Acting for a professional services client defending a multi-million pound High Court claim for breach of duty and negligence.
Advising a global financial services client in relation to a sensitive regulatory investigation.
Acting for one of the UK’s leading healthcare recruiters in relation to a breach of restrictive covenant claim.
Acting for a hospitality sector business to achieve the successful resolution of a dispute arising from alleged breaches of a share purchase agreement.
Acting for Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Company (Cayman) Limited and others in a successful appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from the Cayman Islands.
Acting for a software company in the Commercial Court trial of a complex patent and fraud dispute to be tried in the US.
Advising an off-shore firm of lawyers in relation to a substantial professional negligence claim.
Gowling WLG is well equipped with its dedicated civil fraud and asset tracing team to handle matters relating to anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, MTIC fraud, and insolvencies, among others. It saw an increased workload in Brazil-related work due to the opening of a local office as well as an uptick in cryptocurrency-related fraud cases. Andrew Witts leads the practice, which also includes financial services specialist Catherine Naylor.
Catherine Naylor heads the department at Gowling WLG that is based primarily in London but also draws on the firm’s other private wealth practitioners in Singapore and Canada. It focuses on all aspects of trust litigation for its predominantly internationally based clients. It is adept at handling cross-border disputes as well as other matters such as claims by and against professional trustees.
Providing ‘a very able and experienced team for substantial commercial litigation‘, Gowling WLG is consistently sought out for large international and domestic commercial disputes, particularly Chancery and Commercial Court cases. ‘A super lawyer and a great team player,’ senior litigation partner James Sidwell also co-heads the firm’s financial services sector group; Catherine Naylor, ‘an exceptional litigator,’ is particularly focused on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases; and ‘star litigator‘ Andrew Smith‘s track record includes large amounts of work in the automotive, food and drink, Pharma, property development and telecoms industries. At legal director level, Verity Barker acts in a variety of cross-border commercial litigation, while Susannah Fink is on hand for both general commercial litigation and insurance disputes. Within the principal associate pool, Tom Cox‘s experience includes three successful heavyweight High Court trials in a recent five-year period, while Alexander Wrixon combines his litigation expertise with insurance market experience.
Gowling WLG is particularly specialised in acting for liquidators of financial services companies, handling disputes involving their assets as well as litigation against former directors for alleged fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Catherine Naylor and Andrew Witts take the lead on this work. James Sidwell leads the overall practice and has a close relationship with JP Morgan, representing the investment bank in a range of disputes related to loans and forex transactions.
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