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Catherine Dent

Year of Call: 2011
Practice areas:
  • Personal Injury
  • Industrial Disease


Catherine joined Chambers from a local award-winning solicitors firm where she was Head of the Occupational Asthma and Dermatitis Departments.

Catherine is happy to accept instructions from Claimants and Defendants in all personal injury matters. 

In addition to trials, Catherine has appeared at various interlocutory appointments such as: Stage 3 Hearings, Costs Case Management Conferences, Relief from Sanction Hearings, and Application hearings.

Catherine has experience of dealing with group actions involving multiple Claimants. She has previously dealt with a noise induced hearing loss group action, involving 38 Claimants.

Catherine is happy to discuss matters informally before the receipt of instructions. 


Personal Injury

Catherine is a specialised personal injury practitioner with a particular expertise in industrial disease litigation. She has experience of dealing with both fast and multi-track cases involving:

  • Asthma;

  • Cancer (adenocarcinoma, bowel/bladder);

  • Catastrophic brain injury;

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning;

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;

  • Dermatitis;

  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss;

  • Road Traffic Accidents;

  • Repetitive Strain Injury;

  • Stress;

  • Hand arm vibration syndrome;

Clinical Negligence

Catherine co-authored an article examining the impacts of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11

The article, “Informed Consent and Causation” was published in the April 2016 edition of PI focus. http://stjohnsbuildings.com/wp-content/uploads/Informed-Consent-and-Causation.pdf

Catherine has experience of claims involving negligent diagnosis, prescription and medication errors, and birth and pregnancy negligence. She has a particular interest in cosmetic surgery claims.

Notable Cases

Briggs v RHM Frozen Foods Limited in Sheffield County Court. HHJ Coe QC 30 July 2015 Sheffield County Court.

Noise induced hearing loss claim: Substantive authority on the point of de minimis and the inclusion of 4kHz in calculations where the frequency shows more significant noise loss that at 3kHz.

Magee v British Pepper and Spice Company: Rec Le Poidevin QC 29 September 2016 Northampton County Court. 

Occupational asthma claim. Claim for a work-related asthma exacerbation, following exposure to irritants in the workplace.

Wynne v Cwm Taf University Health Board: HHJ Jarman QC 26 October 2016 Cardiff County Court.

Occupational dermatitis claim. Representing a nurse who developed dermatitis in addition to scabies, as a result of repeated hand washing throughout her shifts.


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