Catherine Taylor

Catherine Taylor

Partner
Co-Practice Group Leader, Litigation, Arbitration, Insurance and Employment

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Catherine Taylor is a partner in the Employment Team at CMS London.  Catherine works on employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious and has specific expertise in complex multi-jurisdictional and High Court litigation (especially bonus and employee competition disputes) board level disputes and data protection. Her practice is primarily employer focused, with a particular interest in the Financial Institutions and Technology, Media & Communications sectors. On occasion, Catherine also acts for senior executives in those sectors.

Catherine is joint author of Employment Law Checklists (3rd Edition, published by OUP 2009) and is a contributing author to all three editions of Employee Competition (3rd Edition, published by OUP in 2016). In the latter publication, Catherine's contribution included co-writing the chapter on the international dimension of employment disputes and she was solely responsible for the chapter on pre-action tactics.

Chambers comments that Catherine "exemplifies the team's outlook, with a fun, responsive, creative approach". She is also described by clients as "highly accessible and always prompt", while peers commend her as a "rigorous, hard-fighting" opponent in litigation. Legal 500 comments that Catherine Taylor is "very accessible" and her business acumen brings clients "added value".

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"She is known for her fierce litigation practice and work in the High Court. Sources state that she is "a very good commercial litigator who really knows her stuff."

Chambers 2017

"Catherine Taylor is cited by sources for her specialist expertise in advising on team moves. Clients say they appreciate her "in-depth experience of employee competition litigation" and her pedigree in High Court disputes."

Chambers, 2016

"Catherine Taylor advises employers on a full range of matters, including regular work on restrictive covenants. Clients praise her as "very commercial and responsive" and "very adept at explaining the strategic options during litigation."

Chambers, 2015

Relevant experience

  • A former employer on a major team move in the global insurance industry and obtaining a multi-million pound settlement.
  • A client on litigation across two jurisdictions in relation to a large team move in the financial services industry, resulting in a mediation and settlement.
  • A global technology client on seeking an injunction to enforce non-compete provisions.
  • A former employer on a six figure settlement in relation to a team move in the retail sector.
  • A listed company in a significant investigation into a senior employee's wrongdoing.
  • A hedge fund on a complex whistle blowing claim.
  • A large financial institution on bonus claims in the High Court.
  • A global client on numerous pre-action conciliation claims and the subsequent tribunal litigation as a result of a redundancy programme.
  • A client on a high profile case in the sports world, in relation to claims for discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • A professional services partnership on all aspects of its relationships with its partners.
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Education

1993 – Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales

1991 – Legal Practice Course, York

1990 – History & Law BA , Cambridge University, Cambridge

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Memberships

Treasurer of Employment Lawyers Association

The Industrial Law Society

European Employment Lawyers Association

International Bar Association (IBA)

American Bar Association (ABA)

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Publications

Contributing author to all three editions of Employee Competition (3rd Edition, published by OUP in 2016). In the latter publication, Catherine co-wrote the chapter on the international dimension of employment disputes and was solely responsible for the chapter on pre-action tactics

September 2015 International Bar Association Employment & Industrial Relations Law – Friend or foe? Legal pitfalls in social media: the UK experience

Joint author of Employment Law Checklists (3rd Edition, published by OUP 2009)

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Lectures list

January 2016 - "Collective redundancies" – LexisNexis webinar 

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