Catherine Addy KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Catherine has an extensive commercial and chancery litigation practice and has long been highly recommended by the directories, regularly being nominated for various awards. Catherine was named Company/Insolvency Silk of the Year 2022 by Chambers UK and Insolvency Silk of the Year 2020 by Legal500 and was described by Chambers UK/Global (2021 - Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery) as "one of the cleverest people at the Bar” who "has a brilliant, encyclopedic knowledge of the law and is great to work with”

In the Commercial Dispute Resolution field, Chambers UK recently described her as a “strong advocate”: “Rising in prominence as a silk in the cross-over space between insolvency, fraud and commercial disputes. Catherine is a superb team player, who is responsive and misses no detail in a case. She also has a great courtroom manner.”

Before taking silk Catherine was appointed to the Attorney General’s 'A' Panel and regularly advises and appears for government departments and public bodies as well as a wide range of private and commercial interests (including banks, retailers, service providers, shareholders, directors and other officeholders). She is an experienced advocate in a variety of courts and tribunals and is happy to accept arbitration and offshore litigation instructions.

She is currently recommended by Chambers Global in the fields of Restructuring/Insolvency, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery and Dispute Resolution: Commercial, by Chambers UK in relation to Company, Chancery: Commercial, Restructuring/Insolvency and Commercial Dispute Resolution and by Legal 500 for Insolvency and Company.

Catherine has been a member of the Insolvency Rules Committee since 2013 and was appointed as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge in 2016. In 2021 she was appointed Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority.

Catherine is a Bencher of the Middle Temple (2014) and is one of the Inn’s Accredited Advocacy Trainers. She was formerly an elected member of the Bar Council (2001-2007) and the Chancery Bar Association representative on the Bar Council (2010-2012) and was a long-standing co-opted member of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee. She was Chairman of the Young Barristers’ Committee in 2004, the Chairman of the Bar Conference (Human Rights – Taking Liberties) in 2007 and the elected Treasurer of the Chancery Bar Association from 2008-2012.

Catherine read law at Cambridge and went on to read the LLM in which she achieved a first. She was a Queen Mother Scholar and a Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitioner and has been in practice at what is now Maitland Chambers since completing pupillage in 1999.


Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022

'Company/ Insolvency Silk of the Year'

Legal 500 2022

Shortlisted for Chancery Silk of the Year

Chambers UK 2020

Shortlisted for Company/Insolvency Silk of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

'Insolvency Silk of the Year’

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

'Company/Insolvency Junior of the Year'

Chambers UK 2014

Shortlisted for Chancery Junior of the Year

Chambers UK 2012

Shortlisted for Company/Insolvency Junior of the Year

Queen Mother Scholar and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple