Catherine Roberts

Call: 1986

Advice in relation to numerous shareholder disputes in England and other jurisdictions (including the Isle of Man, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Singapore)

Litigation relating to numerous shareholder disputes in England and other jurisdictions.

Advice and litigation relating to the conduct of meetings, directors’ fiduciary duties, breach of warranties claims in the context of company acquisitions, financial assistance and other aspects of Company Law.

Advice and court applications in relation to the Companies Act 2006.

Advice and litigation in relation to corporate insolvency.

Advice and litigation in relation to the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986

Advice in relation to acquisition of private companies.

General commercial litigation.

Advice and litigation in relation to partnerships, limited partnerships and LLP’s.

Advice in relation to the Financial Services Act 2000.

Very well regarded for complex company disputes.

Legal 500

Case List

Bracken Holdings Limited
Ref: [2011] Unreported – rectification of the register of members in complex circumstances

Irvine and another v Irvine and another (No1)
Ref: [2007] 1 BCLC 349

Irvine and another v Irvine and another (No2)
Ref: [2007] 1 BCLC 445

Constable -v- Executive Connections Limited
Ref: [2005] 2 BCLC 638

PNC Telecom plc -v- Thomas & others Ref: [2004] 1 BCLC 88
Efficacy of a requisition notice sent by fax

Folkes Group plc
Ref: January 2002
Construction of articles of association – hearing before Rimer J.

Folkes Group plc -v- Alexander
Ref: [2002] 2 BCLC 254
Interpretation of articles of association

Re Nottingham Forest Plc
Section 459 petition. Junior Counsel acting for respondents. Trial before Hart J. in January 2001. Judgment in favour of respondents given in April 2001.

Woven Rugs Limited
Ref: November 2001 – Section 371 of the Companies Act 1985

Soden v. British & Commonwealth Holdings Plc
Ref: [1995] 1 BCLC 686, [1997] 2 WLR 206 (CA), [1997] 3 WLR 840 (HL)

Harman v BML Group Limited
Ref: [1994] 1 WLR 893

Re Whitchurch Insurance Consultants
Ref: [1994] BCC 51

Re Morgan Insurance Brokers Limited
Ref: [1993] BCLC 676

Re Opera Photographic Limited
Ref: [1989] 1 WLR 634

Re Patrick Gibbons
Breach of fiduciary duty proceedings

Re Quayle Munro Limited
Section 459 Petition

Re The Littlewoods Organisation and Barry Dale
Wrongful dismissal claim for Barry Dale – settled 1998

Re Northern Electric Properties Limited
Insolvency – hearing in Newcastle DR in June 1998

Re Chapman v Homan Horsfield & James
Wrongful dismissal claim – settled 1998 before final hearing

Re Dartington Crystal Group plc
Section 459 Petition – for respondent – settled 1998

Re Bonyard Shipping v Global Containers
Winding up of a foreign company – heard July 1998

Re Vass Construction Services
Section 459 Petition – settled 1997

Re Gonzalez Byass (UK) Limited
Professional negligence claim in a large commercial transaction – settled late 1997 during preparation for hearing.

Re David Valks and J Valks (Farmers) Limited
Shareholder dispute – breach of fiduciary duty claim – settled during hearing in Leeds DR in September 1997

Re Exeter Golf & Country Club -and- Littlewood
Section 459 Petition – settled 1997 before final hearing

Re Rydstrom v. Ronson Group Plc
Removed employee seeking compensation – company countersuing for alleged breach of fiduciary duty

Manyoni v Philips
Witness action – shareholders dispute; several days of cross-examination.

Deakin & Deakin v Faulding
Breach of fiduciary duty and undue influence. Proceeded to full trial before Hart J. in July 2001.

Re Asmac Limited
Section 459 and section 122 petition. Acting for respondents.

Re Bracebridge Limited
Application under section 371 if the Companies Act 1985.

Stewart v Burke
Breach of fiduciary duty proceedings.

Murphy v Murphy
Partnership matter – settled before trial.

Re Mazoriagga
Partnership matter. Not instructed at first instance. Instructed for hearing in the Court of Appeal.

 

Memberships and Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Author of Financial Assistance For The Acquisition of Shares (2005) published by Oxford University Press.

Joint author of Company Meetings: Law, Practice and Procedure: published by Oxford University Press in December 2008; second edition published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Lectures to solicitors and commercial conferences on topics such as “Shareholder Activism” “Minority Shareholder Remedies”, “Directors Duties” and “Company Meetings”.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

COMBAR

Chancery Bar Association.

Recognition

Ranked in: The Legal 500
Company

‘She has a depth of knowledge and is authoritative.’

An “effective advocate,” Catherine Roberts “really knows her company law” and is “very bright” (The Legal 500)

Ranked in: Chambers and Partners
Company

“She is technically polished, and has a very reassuring client manner.”

…gets to the heart of the matter, Catherine Roberts, “a formidable presence in court, who doesn’t beat around the bush.” (Chambers and Partners)

A real courtroom fighter,” Catherine Roberts is “an excellent cross-examiner,” who also provides “practical, straightforward advice” on a wide range of company matters. (Chambers and Partners)

Education

1979-1982: Churchill College Cambridge (M.A., LL.M)
1983-1985: Lecturer in Law, Leeds University. Supervisor in Law at Churchill College.
1986: Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn

Ranked in

Chambers & Partners –
Company

Legal500 –
Company & Partnership