Ms Catherine Knowles > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

Work Department

Employment; Personal Injury


Catherine practises in all areas of employment and personal injury law. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Counsel in 2010 (and re-appointed in 2015). In 2011 she was appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Approved Counsel.

Her employment practice covers the full spectrum of employment issues including discrimination, harassment and victimisation; whistleblowing; TUPE; unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal; redundancy; and breach of restrictive covenants and breach of confidence.

Catherine is regularly instructed to represent parties in the Employment Tribunal and she has particular experience of cases involving the public sector, having been instructed on behalf of government departments, local authorities, NHS Trusts and trade unions. Catherine also has experience of employment related commercial cases in the High Court involving allegations of breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty and restrictive covenants. 

Her personal injury practice encompasses multi-track and fast track litigation. She is also instructed on inquests involving fatal accidents and industrial disease cases. She also has considerable experience of claims involving credit hire and of cost budget hearings.


Called 2004; Junior Counsel to the Crown: Regional Panel (2015); Equality and Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel (2011-13)


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association


  • BA Jurisprudence, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (Class II.i, 2002)
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding, 2004)
  • Benefactors’ Scholarship, Middle Temple (2003)
  • Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple (2004)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Catherine KnowlesExchange ChambersAn exceptional barrister who’s attention to detail is second to none. Very logical stance and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone needing an employment barrister in the Northern circuit.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Catherine KnowlesExchange ChambersCatherine is thorough, has great attention to detail and is a particularly good advocate. Not only is she a fantastic barrister she is very approachable. Catherine deals with high value military claims and is able to provide clear and concise advices, deals with quantum matters effectively and produces good results.

Exchange Chambers offer a ‘wealth of experience‘ and a ‘full range of the best technical specialists‘ for personal injury work. Bill Braithwaite QC is a ‘star‘ and has a claimant-only practice focussing on claims involving catastrophic brain and spine injury. Gerard Martin QC and Louis Browne QC are also highly experienced in handling brain and spine injury claims. Laura Gooding and Christopher Barnes QC have particular expertise in military claims that involve personal injury.  Catherine Knowles who primarily represents defendants in high-value multi-track claims.