Catherine works with employers, particularly those in the healthcare, education, tourism and manufacturing sectors. She provides strategic and day to day advice to HR and management teams including on restructuring issues, complex disciplinary matters and discrimination issues.
Catherine joined Brachers on qualification in 1999 and became a Partner in 2003. She leads the Employment and HR Team and has a reputation for providing clear, practical and client-focussed advice.
She is an experienced and pragmatic lawyer and has been representing employers on all aspects of employment law including restructures, TUPE transfers, employment tribunal claims and contracts of employment since 1999.
Catherine has maintained long-standing client relationships and works closely with clients to meet their strategic aims. She has supported large organisations in managing extensive change programmes and work transfers, and has supported the development of clients’ HR teams through the introduction of integrated document systems, bespoke training and engagement initiatives.
Catherine is a competent and engaging speaker and provides training on all aspects of employment law and strategic and decision-making models.
Catherine specialises in:
- Employment law and HR advice
- Employment Tribunal Claims, particularly high-value discrimination complaints
- Advice on restructuring and redundancy
- Collective issues including trade union matters and issues for health providers, including NHS Trusts
- Complex disciplinary issues
Catherine has successfully defended clients in over 95% of the cases she has conducted on their behalf and is recognised in both of the leading industry guides on UK legal expertise as a recommended lawyer.
Areas of Expertise:
Qualifications, Memberships and Awards:
- Representing public sector bodies, particularly schools and colleges and the NHS in dealing with a variety of complex claims including multi-party discrimination claims especially those for race, sex and disability discrimination.
- Representing a client in a high profile claim for sex discrimination, including allegations of harassment and providing support in connection with press coverage and managing reputational risk.
- Dealing with multi-party claims relating to the exclusion of part-time workers from a pension scheme.
- Risk-based advice on the conduct of complex disciplinary issues involving allegations of fraud and assault.
- Advising on a restructure exercise involving in excess of 400 staff.
Lee Camfield, Iceland Seafood International
I found Catherine Daw at Brachers to be a first-class employment lawyer, her knowledgeable advice was clear and her pragmatic style greatly appreciated.
Michael Lent, Lexent Partners Ltd
Our business recently experienced a number of different and sometime complex employment issues. Catherine Daw and her team have been excellent at guiding us through the minefield as well as being very efficient and effective in resolving claims. They are always a pleasure to deal with; simply put, they provide a great service.
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
We are impressed with the Employment team’s sound advice and creative thinking. Their speed of response and ability to work closely in partnership with us is highly valued.