Catherine Penny


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Catherine Penny

Catherine is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team and advises clients on a broad range of commercial disputes. She is experienced in litigation, arbitration and mediation as well as general advisory work.

Having worked for a large corporate client, Catherine understands the pressures faced by in-house teams and offers a solutions-focused approach that clients find invaluable.

Catherine studied law at Cambridge University and the University of Poitiers, France, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2009. She joined Stevens & Bolton in 2013 and became a partner in 2020.

As well as expertise in a variety of contractual disputes, Catherine specialises in life sciences matters and disputes arising out of corporate deals, including earn out disputes. She also has considerable experience of franchising disputes.

Catherine is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is equally comfortable advising in arbitration as well as court litigation.

Recent highlights include:

  •  Acting for the seller of a company when the buyer refused to pay deferred consideration and instead alleged fraudulent misrepresentation
  • Advising a global life sciences company on a dispute arising out of the supply of drug products into the Middle East, including allegations of regulatory inadequacies
  •  A UK brand name franchisor on all its franchise dispute matters in the UK across its UK network 100+ franchisees

Catherine is listed as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation.


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