Catherine Hammerson-Jones > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation


Legal Director


Catherine is a highly regarded commercial litigator and brings unique technical and commercial experience to pursuing and resolving complex financial disputes.

Catherine advises on all aspects of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She acts for a diverse range of clients in high value and complex cases, ranging from contractual disputes, fraud and investigations, financial and banking disputes, negligence claims and insolvency-related litigation.

She also advises corporations, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and high net worth individuals on matters involving fraud, company law breaches of directors’/trustees’ duties, complex recovery options and general financial / banking disputes.

Before joining Shakespeare Martineau, Catherine practised commercial litigation at Gateley, Crowell & Moring and CMS, where she undertook banking secondments with the RBS Group and Goldman Sachs.

Prior to qualifying as a barrister and a solicitor, Catherine spent over a decade working as a banker, specialising in leverage finance, M&A and restructurings. This cross-industry expertise places Catherine in an unique position to add value when advising clients on complex litigation, involving intricate financial instruments, financial fraud and multi-layered corporate structures.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Shakespeare Martineau LLP fields a ‘formidable team‘. In January 2023, commercial disputes specialist Mark Rondel joined as partner from EMW Law LLP to head the dispute resolution team in London, where recently-elevated partner Sneha Nainwal is India desk head. Barry Jervis leads the nationwide dispute resolution and litigation practice from Birmingham; and Nicola Holton, who divides her time between London and Milton Keynes, heads the firm’s insolvency litigation offering. Legal director Catherine Hammerson-Jones is the firm’s leading lawyer for Quincecare claims.