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Cathy Hawkins

Construction Disputes, Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation), Professional Negligence

Cathy is a senior lawyer and head of the financial services department at Cubism Law.

She has over 25 years’ experience as a partner in a top 100 law firm and specialises in commercial dispute resolution with a focus on insurance claims, professional negligence, construction disputes and product liability.  

Cathy is a senior lawyer and head of the financial services department at Cubism Law. She has over 25 years’ experience as a partner in a top 100 law firm and specialises in commercial dispute resolution with a focus on insurance claims, professional negligence, construction disputes and product liability.  

In much of her work she seeks compensation for victims of wrongdoing by banks and professionals in other financial institutions such as accountants, financial advisors, IFA’s and pensions advisors 

She works for both business owners and professionals in a range of contentious circumstances including defective construction work, negligence work, advice by professionals and product liability.

Recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500 as “an expert within her field”, Cathy delivers results for clients with claims, or clients facing court proceedings. She is known for her sound judgement, straight talking and creative solutions to client’s complex problems.   

Cathy was an early pioneer of acting for clients to recover damages on a “no win no fee” basis and has successfully pursued thousands of claims on that basis.  

Outside the law, Cathy is a believer in the transformational power of great education and has served as chair of a school governing body in one of London’s most deprived schools. 

A more detailed personal profile can be accessed here

Services: 

  • Successful pursuit of an insurance claim for an antique dealer’s entire stock stolen in a robbery, wrongly declined by insurersThe business had been seriously jeopardized by the failure to pay. Cathy forced he insurer to pay up, to her client’s relief
  • Successful resolution via mediation of a disputed insurance claim of over £1 million for the operators of a leisure club, severely damaged by fire. Insurers ultimately paid the costs of repair and compensated for disruption of the business
  • Recovered multimillion losses from construction professionals and subcontractors who caused the collapse during construction of the structure of a prestigious housing development
  • Recovered a multimillion pound loss against a subcontractor for a main construction contractor who had been forced to repair all the brickwork in a large   housing project for a housing association in East London
  • Acted for a university to recover the costs of replacing a defectively built roof 
  • Successful recovery of a disputed financial loss claim for a tech company against insurers who disputed extent of damage to the business caused by careless work to a defective floor
  • Advised a Saudi based manufacturer whose insurer was delaying payment of an insurance claim of how to address the problem
  • Acted as a trusted advisor to a railway industry entity recovering losses on a no win no fee basis caused by disruption to the railway by motorists and others. Devised a strategy to resolve relevant issues between railway “players” for good, saving clients millions of pounds in legal fees
  • Defended the installer of a flue which allegedly caused a fire with £16M damage to a business, and negotiating a settlement that limited its liability so that it was able to continue to trade. Successful pursuit of £14M loss against a security company and managing agents whose negligence allowed a fire to go undetected, so that it spread and destroyed a warehouse
  • 2017 - present   Cubism Law 
  • 1990 - 2016   Berrymans Lace Mawer  
  • 1985 - 1990  Berrymans   
  • 1985  Admitted as a solicitor  
  • 1982  Manchester University LLB Hons 
  • 2017   Accredited mediator 

Recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500 as “an expert within her field”, Cathy delivers results for clients with claims, or clients facing court proceedings. She is known for her sound judgement, straight talking and creative solutions to client’s complex problems.