Catherine Souter > Chambers of James Murphy > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Murphy
Parklane Plowden

Work Department

Catherine Souter is a barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers who specialises in Personal Injury, Civil Fraud, Employment and Insurance.


Catherine joined Park Lane Chambers in 2002. Since then her expertise in each of her specialist areas of work has flourished.

Catherine acts for clients from a wide range of sectors including Local Authorities, Insurers, Multi-National retailers, Engineering and Manufacturing companies as well as smaller, local corporate bodies.

She also acts for members of most major Trade Unions including Unison, the Police Federation, the NASUWT, the GMB, the FBU, the RMT and the National Cyclist’s Union.

She has a dedicated client following and an extremely busy court practice. She drafts pleadings, including schedules and counter schedules and advises on liability, tactics and quantum in cases of all severity.

She is regularly instructed in cases worth in excess of £250k and those arising out of fatal accidents. She has conferences with clients and experts in cases involving life changing injuries, chronic pain conditions and significant psychiatric injury.

Catherine is endorsed by all of the major legal directories, most recently in Chambers and Partners 2017. The Legal 500 observes that she has the expertise of someone who is many years above her call.


Called: 2002


Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Health and Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)


LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Leeds; Scholarships: Rodney Bax Award and Stuart Cunningham Macaskie KC Award

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Catherine SouterParklane PlowdenCatherine is one of the stars of the North Eastern Circuit. Superb with clients, excellent tactically and very robust in negotiations at JSMs.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Catherine SouterParklane PlowdenA go-to counsel for for respondent employers.